A carousel in the crease

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 12:25 PM ET

Craig MacTavish has worked the three-goalie carousel before. It wasn't fun.

It came to an end with the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson.

This season, the crease may be crowded again - for different reasons. And unlike the last time the Edmonton Oilers had a trio of goaltenders (remember Ty Conklin?), these guys can all stop the puck.

"It's not ideal," said MacTavish. "It's going to be a competitive spot. Roli looks good right now and we have a lot of hope that he'll bounce back and have a terrific year."

Roloson and Mathieu Garon are the top two goaltenders in camp. They'll be battling to see who gets the bulk of playing time this season.

However, the Oilers have to find a place for Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, who appears ready to make the jump to the NHL after spending the last four years in the minors.

And with prospect Devan Dubnyk pencilled in to get the bulk of the work in Springfield, the problem is finding a place for Drouin-Deslauriers to play.

"There are a lot of things about three goalies that don't make a lot of sense," MacTavish said. "You can only play one, so why have three? Those are issues that are going to be evaluated.

"But Bucky (assistant head coach Kelly Buchberger) has a high opinion of Jeff, based on how he played for him (in Springfield) last year."

Heading into today's first on-ice sessions at training camp, it'll be up to the three goalies to sort themselves out.

Last season Roloson started as the No. 1 guy, lost his spot to Garon, then made the most of a second opportunity late in the season.

He's in the last year of his contract, as is Garon, who the Oilers signed as a free agent last season.

Drouin-Deslauriers just signed an extension this off-season, and must clear waivers in order to be demoted.

"It's well documented that our goaltending situation is going to be competitive," MacTavish said.

"The biggest area of emphasis for us is to make sure they get themselves ready for the season and we get an opportunity to see them all play."


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