By Carter Brooks
Photos courtesy of the Edmonton Oil Kings
Winnipegger Dylan Myskiw very well might be the Western Hockey League's hottest player.
The Edmonton Oil Kings' 20-year-old netminder has just earned his second consecutive Goaltender of the Week award, en route to helping guide his teammates to a date with the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL's best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final. On top of the league award, Myskiw was also recognized as a nominee for the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week following his recent performance.
While tending the net for the Oil Kings, Myskiw has been near-perfect as of late, stopping 88 of the last 92 shots he's faced dating back to April 6th. He is 4-0-0 in his last four games and 5-2-0 in the 2019 postseason. This past week the former Brandon Wheat King put up an incredible 0.49 goals against average and a .977 save percentage while stopping 42 of 43 shots faced in his two victories over the Calgary Hitmen.
Since beginning his career with the Victoria Royals, Myskiw has seen his game steadily improve, culminating with the 2018-19 season in Edmonton, as the 6-foot-1, 175-pound backstop completed the regular season with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage while posting a 28-11-3 record for the Oil Kings.
Myskiw's biggest test will begin Friday as he and his teammates roll into Prince Albert for the Eastern Conference Final against the league-best Raiders. The Oil Kings were 1-2-1 against Prince Albert this past season. Game one goes 8:00 PM central on Friday, while the second game will be the following day, also at 8:00 PM.