NHL READY?

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The Edmonton Oilers recall of Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse leaves the minor league team without an impact prospect. Peter Chiarelli and the rest of management will keep an eye on progress though, as several young Condors could eventually be NHL Oilers down the line. Who is closest to NHL-ready?

TOP 10 “CLOSE” CONDORS

  1. L Anton Slepyshev. The Oilers clearly like him, Slepy has passed all of the other forwards on his way to playing in 11 NHL games. The size/speed/skill combination is unique among Condors and one suspects we’re dealing in mere months in terms of minor league time. ETA: Window is open, waiting for recall.
  2. G Laurent Brossoit. The Oilers young goalie is facing about 34 shots per 60 minutes and boasts a .927 save percentage. The Condors are not a good team, but their No. 1 goalie is keeping them in games. Edmonton appears to be death valley for goalies, so one hopes Brossoit doesn’t get the call until after the defense tightens. If the NHL struggles in net continue, the timeline could be moved up. ETA: Window open, he may be in the NHL this time next season.
  3. D David Musil. He’s 11GP, 2-1-3 and from what we’re told Musil is one of the more consistent defensemen in Bakersfield. Musil can play defense, it’s actually in his DNA. The footspeed issue dogs him but in his NHL look last season he wasn’t out of place. Faces a difficult depth chart now, the LH side for the Oilers looks set. ETA: Window is open now, but only for injury recall. Will need to show he’s better than some pretty famous prospects to make it with Edmonton.
  4. D Jordan Oesterle: He’s 10GP, 0-4-4 so far this season.
    Oesterle’s big selling point is speed and that one skill got him an NHL
    look last season. There’s enough chaos in his game for the Oilers to
    limit his opportunities and the Condors have Brad Hunt and Joey Laleggia
    who are similar players. He could get the squeeze if EDM prefers
    Laleggia in this role. ETA: Window is open, limited potential for advancement.
  5. C-L Jujhar Khaira. He’s 11GP, 3-3-6 and showing well in his second pro season. Khaira’s back story means offense is always going to be an issue, but the early numbers this season are encouraging. If he can play a complementary role on a skill line—that’s a major stretch based on evidence—he’s going to be a very wealthy man. ETA: Window probably opens in the fall of 2016, if he can post crooked numbers Khaira won’t get close to the waiver wire, meaning he makes the opening night roster in 2017.
  6. C Bogdan Yakimov. He’s 11GP, 2-2-4 and is just so damn big (6.05, 232) I can’t see Edmonton slow-playing progress with the big Russian. The McDavid addition pushes all downward, but if the team decides to run Leon on wing full time we could see him sooner than later. ETA: Window opens after the trade deadline and Yakimov pushes hard for NHL employment fall 2016.

  7. L Josh Winsquist: He’s 8GP, 3-4-7 and honestly I’d rank him much higher if I had my druthers. Smart, smart player, Winquist is operating without an NHL contract, so technically any team could swoop in and grab him. Outscoring all the other kids. ETA: He needs a contract first and then we can talk about him as an NHL option. Badly underrated based on math, he can’t be so slow he’s an NP. Sign the man. 
  8. L Kale Kessy. Off to a 9GP, 1-3-4 start, he’s doing it on four total shots so that’s efficient. I’m not sure he can play with skill and it’s best to assume this is an enforcer who can skate. Seems to have turned a corner when his speed improved in time for TC 2014 fall. ETA: Window is probably open now, limited potential.
  9. L Mitchell Moroz. So far he’s 11GP, 1-3-4 and it’s not possible to see where he and Kessy rank in relation to each other. Moroz didn’t play much last season (9 points in 66 games) but appears to be more involved this year. ETA: Window may open in the fall of 2016 and a recall is possible during the season. Waiver decision fall of 2017, it’s going to be mighty crowded.
  10. C-R Kyle Platzer. 11GP, 1-2-3 so far, he’s an impressive two-way talent who doesn’t have one major skill to recommend him. This is his rookie pro season. ETA: His entry-level deal ends in the summer of summer 2018, I think he might play some NHL games before then. Too soon to know. 

There are other prospects (Joey Laleggia, Dillon Simpson, Braden Christoffer) who could be recalled this season, but this is the group I think most likely to get a call. Likely recalls? Not many. Edmonton probably calls up current Condors as injury replacements and that’s about all. In all honesty, there are so many Bakersfield players in Edmonton now, we may see very few NHL debuts in 2015-16 beyond what has already happened. When players get healthy, Andrew Miller and Iiro Pakarinen will likely head back to the AHL. When Justin Schultz gets healthy, a decision will have to be made on a defenseman or two as well.

Prospect progress is never a straight arrow, but it’s a pretty good bet Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse won’t be paying rent in Bakersfield again.

      • Dinojr

        i still say it woulda been nice to add Barzal, Carlo and Kylington to the prospect system last draft… Oh well, atleast that Talbot’s really working out. And it’s nice having a young guy on the third pair…

      • Jordan88

        Yakimov is ready and is needed on top in the NHL right now to win faceoffs for Mac-L.

        Brossoit looked ready in his debut.

        The Oilers season defining Playoff series of games begins in LA,if they falter and do not win 16/25 they will not have things ready for McDavidsky when he returns ,he is their reward if they can win these next 16/25 games for him he will take them to the playoffs.Break it down into 4 7-game series and make it happen.Because after the next 25 games this season is defined.If it is a losing season then lets see as many prospects as we can.

      • Jordan88

        Yakimov…

        6’5 and 232 pounds.

        If Matt Hendricks is our wrecking ball and Luke Gazdic is our nuclear deterrent. Yakimov could quite possibly be a battleship on skates.

        I can’t be the only person overly excited to see him up here, not for the offense he will produce but for the offense he will potentially stop when you have Ivan Drago on skates pummeling opponents with seismic body checks. He has the kind of size to deliver hits you feel 20 years down the road.

        • Randaman

          I agree to some extent. Does he actually have the speed to be able to deliver offence at the NHL level or land those so called big hits against faster players?

          I think we need to let him stew a little longer and increase his speed and smarts, no?

      • Serious Gord

        If you are a Dman and aren’t ready to crack the oiler roster you will almost certainly never be NHL ready – with the slim possible exception being oesterle.

        So currently the oil have essentially zero NHL defense prospects.

      • NJ

        I’m curious if Yakimov actually plays with that edge. Would love to see a full write up of him. If he has Nurse’s nasty, that would be a hockey lovers orgasm.

      • NJ

        Bring up Brossoit. He can do no worse than “One minute in Talbot”. Oh well 1 minute in and the game is over. Might as well watch a movie with the wife. Effing joke this team.

      • NJ

        Guys, Yak has picked up his game, this is a positive. He hasn’t been on the ice for any one of the last five goals.

        This is the same guy who would be on the ice for 2/3 goals against (maybe not true, but it sure seemed mike it)

        LA is a good team, don’t get too pissy if they lose.

      • S cottV

        Who is responsible for teaching Edmonton goalies how and when to move the puck?

        Between Scrivens last year and Talbot this year, we have two of the worst puck handling goalies in he league.

        Surely the coaches and management are aware of this and in a position to do something about it.

        This team cannot afford to give away the puck and consequently goals at their current rate.

      • Jordan88

        Lander needs to watch McLellan’s post game comments. Almost every reference he made were to his penalties in the 3rd period. Lander needs to check out the coaches eyes. I swear he had blood in those eyes. When Lander gets back to Edmonton he may what to start doing some preparations for leaving town and soon.

        If there is a stack of change of address cards enclosed in his next paycheck he should not be surprised. My guess based on the look on the coaches face is Lander needs to be walking on his tippy-toes. My guess is he’ll soon be playing elsewhere. He was also on the ice for 3 goals against last night. I checked the replays.

        My guess is if Talbot is still with the Oil after the end of the season it’s because Chiarelli is trying desperately to save face and… his ass. The players he has saddled the Oil with are strike-outs. Sekera, Gryba, Letestu, Korpikoski anf of course the seive himself, Talbot. Not too good Petie.