Condors Searching for Veteran Help

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The Edmonton Oilers appear on the verge of adding some additional veteran help for their new AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

According to various sources, the Oilers are in the process of finalizing a deal with former Calgary Flames first-rounder Greg Nemisz. It would be an AHL-only contract which would put the centre in the Condors’ nest for the 2015-16 season. 

Nemisz played sparingly over the past two seasons with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers due to injuries. He suited up for only 14 games in 2013-14 after suffering a hernia, and then appeared in only 21 games last season thanks to a knee injury.

Selected 25th overall by the Flames in 2008, Nemisz was alongside the Oilers’ Taylor Hall as the Windsor Spitfires claimed Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. Nemisz and Hall, along with Jordan Eberle, were part of Team Canada that claimed the silver medal at the 2010 world junior hockey championship in Saskatoon.

SOME BACKGROUND…

Nemisz turned pro in 2010-11 but ultimately played only 15 games with the Flames. During his fourth season with Calgary’s AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, Nemisz was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Kevin Westgarth.

Injuries have been a long-time hindrance for Nemisz. On top of his two setbacks in back-to-back years in Charlotte, Nemisz suffered a 40-stitch gash in his thigh when cut by a skate in the OHL, and he missed five weeks during ’11-12 season in Abbotsford with a shoulder injury.

If he can stay out of the doctor’s office, Nemisz, who stands 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, not only brings a hefty load of AHL-level experience and leadership (he was an alternate captain in Charlotte), he could offer some scoring touch as well. 

… (At the start of the 2014-15 season) He was the leading scorer for a team struggling to score goals to open the year and was pushing for a call up to the NHL club. While it is unlikely he will be the dominant scorer envisioned by Calgary when they selected him in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Nemisz’ sound two-way game and willingness to compete suggests he can be a valuable lower line forward. The tenacity he has shown in dealing with setbacks is another plus in his favor.

Hockey’s Future

If a deal with Nemisz, who had eight goals and 14 points in just 21 games with the Checkers last season, is consummated, the Condors will have plenty of AHL experience up front with Nemisz, Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Miller, and Matthew Ford. Where Nemisz fits in pretty much all hinges upon whether the Oilers keep Leon Draisaitl out of training camp or not.

If Draisaitl stays with the big club, Nemisz could slide in between Hamilton and Miller to form a veteran No. 1 or No. 2 line. Another option is to put Kyle Platzer or Jujhar Khaira in between the two vets, and situate Nemisz on a line with Mitch Moroz and Greg Chase which could wind up being a rather rough-and-tumble trio for the opposition to go up against.

  • I tried it at home

    Dude, seriously… don’t start a blog with that hideous uniform in the lead photo. I almost spit in front of kind, gentle older folk. Then I showed them the pic and they spit too. Unless of course, it’s something Big SMac giving her a lesson in etiqutte or similar. Then it’s always welcome

    • Alsker

      Won’t argue with the disgust for the fLamers but in all honesty, for whatever reason, seeing that pic reminded me of Kent Nilsson. Looks like the pic ITV(yes it was that long ago) always showed when discussing the Oil’s acquiring the Magic Man. Was such a slap in the face to Cowtowners, one of their beloved, joins us and wins his ONLY Stanley Cup of his career. So easy on the New Guy, just saying….

  • NJ

    Key. IF he can stay out of the doctor’s office. Big body, last couple years put some points up, no risk move. Would love to see him turn into the dude that concusses Johny Hockey. 0.0 Irony at its finest!! HAHAHAHA

    (No, I have no idea if he plays the hitting game blah blah blah, but hell, I’ve been dreaming all summer, why not continue the dream!)

  • paul wodehouse

    …how unfortunate for this young man …246 games in junior with 222 points albeit with Taylor Hall taking his feeds and visa versa…same old story for some …injuries …when that happens on a regular basis these poor souls tend to get forgotten…25th overall all and his lot in life may be just trying to stay healthy to play a career in the A…good luck Greg Nemisz

  • chickenStew

    This site has officially hit rock bottom if this is the picture we are forced to look at if we want to read the latest article.
    Who the hell would do that to Oilers fans??

    • Mike Modano's Dog

      Hilarious! Some flames fans have such a serious inferiority complex to our 5 time Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers. The fact you can’t do anything without taking a shot at the Oilers only proves the point.

      Come back after you’ve won 4 more Stanley Cups to equal our team to be on the same level, 5 if you think your team is somehow superior!

  • chickenStew

    I was actually happy to see the original picture… well, not at first, but then I read the article (duh!) and after that seeing the photo actually made me feel a little smug. Now I see the new photo and it just makes me cynical. I’m with you Scott Zerr!

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Oh man, I WANT this guy on our team(s). Hope we sign him, and then hope he can make our Oilers squad to help out our forward lines with some size and hopefully more toughness than they might have right NOW.

    I also want bigger players surrounding our young stars. The flames have a history of injuring other teams’ young star players as a way to compete with them, Gretzky twice, Fuhr (also twice), Dale Hawrechuk… a LONG history!

    It is a sorry state when your team has to injure the best players on the other teams PURPOSELY in order to compete with them!