Spruce Grove’s second-most famous goalie, Ben Scrivens, who obviously bows to Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr, is an interesting fellow with quotes from Shakespeare’s MacBeth and King Lear on his mask.

He doesn’t have the famous “To be, or not to be? That is the question” from Hamlet.

But, really, that is the No. 1 question after Scrivens was obtained from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday by the Edmonton Oilers.

Can he show the Oilers in however many starts he gets over the next 33 games that he can be the No. 1 goalie going forward as he replaces Devan Dubnyk on the roster?

The Oilers secured Scrivens for a third-round draft pick this June, hoping he wasn’t just the flavour of the NHL month when he was stunningly good in November replacing L.A. starter Jonathan Quick, who was out with a serious groin problem.

Once Martin Jones stole his thunder and Quick returned to the lineup, Scrivens, who is still learning to play goal in the NHL on the fly with just 51 games under his belt, became trade bait.

He deflects any questions about where he feels his game is at right now.

“That’s like herding cats, a lesson in futility,” said the never dull Scrivens, who went to the Ivy League’s Cornell University and has been nicknamed “The Professor.”

He certainly knew something had to give in L.A. with Quick, Jones and himself and only one net.

Most observers thought Scrivens would be dealt at the trade deadline or just before the draft before he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1. But the Kings made the move now, maybe because they weren’t going to turn down a third-round pick from the Oilers, which could be low 60s.

“If you worry about all the options, it’ll drive you crazy,” said Scrivens, who was a backup to James Reimer with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.