Former University of Alabama in Huntsville goalie Cam Talbot has been traded from the New York Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers as part of an exchange on the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft. Talbot, along with the 209th pick in the Draft, will head to the Oilers in exchange of Edmonton's 57th, 79th and 184th pick. The Oilers had a 24-44-14 overall record in the 2014-15 campaign, finishing sixth in the NHL's Pacific Division. Last season,
Talbot was the the Rangers backup netminder, and compiled a 21-9 record with five shutouts in relief of injured starter Henrik Lundqvist midway through the season. The Caledonia, Ontario, native finished the year with a .926 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average, ranking fourth in both categories in the league. The former Charger appeared in 70 games with the Blue and White from 2007-10 with a career .909 save percentage, good for third in the modern Division-I era after current UAH backstop Carmine Guerriero overtook the second spot with a .918 mark in his first two seasons.
During two seasons with New York, Talbot filled in for a 2.00 goals against average and a .931 save percentage, while earning the Rangers' Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for his play this past year. Edmonton also announced the appointment of former Charger Jay Woodcroft ('96-00) to assistant coach to work alongside head coach Todd McLellan. Woodcroft previously assisted the San Jose Sharks from 2008-15 after spending time with the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff from 2005-07.
The Toronto, Ontario, native recorded 123 points on offense from 50 goals and 73 assists in his four years playing collegiately at UAH, before going on to play six years professionally. UAH hockey recently released the 2015-16 schedule that includes nine home series in the upcoming campaign, beginning at the Von Braun Center on Oct. 9-10 vs. UConn. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the UAH Athletic Office or by calling (256) UAH-PUCK to purchase group tickets.