Two former NCAA stars were acquired by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in separate transactions on Wednesday, according to NHL.com.Former St. Cloud State forward Matt Hendricks (above, right) and former Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens are both headed to Alberta after being traded from the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings respectively. Hendricks was dealt for goaltender Devan Dubnyk, while Scrivens was obtained for a third-round choice in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.
Hendricks, a center from Blaine, Minn. has tallied 29 goals and 33 assists for 62 points in 307 career NHL games since becoming a league regular in 2009-10 with the Colorado Avalanche. He spent the next three seasons with the Washington Capitals before joining the Predators this season, where has two goals and four points in 44 outings.
At SCSU, Hendricks posted 54-58—112 points in 152 contests for the Huskies from 2000 to 2004 . He also served as team captain as senior.Scrivens has seen the bulk of the work in the Los Angeles net this season, with counterpart Jonathan Quick sidelined by a groin injury. In 19 games with the Kings, Scrivens has fashioned a 7-5-4 record with a 1.97 goals-against average and a.931 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.
Scrivens split the previous two seasons between the Toronto Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, and in 51 career NHL appearances has gone 18-19-6 with five shutouts. The Spruce Grove, Alta. native went 65-37-13 with 19 shutouts in 117 career games at Cornell from 2006 to 2010, and also earned First Team All-America accolades as a senior.
Edmonton returns to action on the road Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.