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Edmonton Oilers prospects had a tough week, but there were some impressive performances across several leagues. Let’s have a look.

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  1. R Matt Ford 32GP, 16-11-27 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  2. C-R Andrew Miller 28GP, 8-16-24 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. LD Brad Hunt 26GP, 6-17-23 (NHL this week)
  4. L Ryan Hamilton 34GP, 9-7-16 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  5. RD Jordan Oesterle 28GP, 2-13-15 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  6. C Kyle Platzer 30GP, 5-8-13 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  7. RD Joey Laleggia 32GP, 5-9-13 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  8. L Josh Winquist 13GP, 6-5-11 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  9. C Jujhar Khaira 21GP, 4-7-11 (1GP, 1-0-1 and suspended this week, photo above)
  10. D Nikita Nikitin 22GP, 1-9-10 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  11. L Kale Kessy 31GP, 6-4-10 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  12. R Greg Chase 19GP, 1-6-7 (ECHL this week)
  13. C Bogdan Yakimov 19GP, 3-4-7 (KHL)
  14. F Josh Currie 24GP, 3-4-7 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  15. LD David Musil 35GP, 3-4-7 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  16. C Marco Roy 22GP, 4-2-6 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  17. D Dillon Simpson 26GP, 1-5-6 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  18. L Mitch Moroz 30GP, 2-4-6 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  19. LD Griffin Reinhart 14GP, 1-4-5 (1GP, 0-0-0 and NHL this week)
  20. R Anton Slepyshev 20GP, 4-1-5 (DNP this week)
  21. F Rob Klinkhammer 3GP, 3-1-4 (1GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  22. L Braden Christoffer 30GP, 1-3-4 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  23. R Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 1-2-3 (NHL this week)
  24. R Tyler Pitlick 12GP, 2-1-3 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  25. C Alexis Loiseau 12GP, 1-2-3 (ECHL this week)
  26. C Phil McRae 14GP, 2-1-3 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  27. D Martin Gernat 22GP, 0-3-3 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  28. C Leon Draisaitl 6GP, 1-1-2 (NHL this week)
  29. F Kellen Jones 9GP, 0-2-2 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  30. R Zack Kassian 4GP, 1-0-1 (NHL this week)
  31. D Mark Fayne 5GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  32. LD Darnell Nurse 6GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  33. RD Nick Pageau 12GP, 0-1-1 (DNP this week)
  34. LD Ben Betker 1GP, 0-0-0 (AHL debut this week)

    1. G Laurent Brossoit 22GP, 2.62 .925 (One start this week)
    2. G Eetu Laurikainen 4GP, 3.26 .899 (Struggled in 2 games this week)
    3. G Ty Rimmer 1GP, 3.00 .875 (ECHL)


      1. F Alexis Loiseau 27GP, 9-13-22 (2GP, 1-2-3 this week)
      2. D Nick Pageau 24, 3-11-14 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
      3. D Ben Betker 39GP, 1-13-14 (AHL this week)
      4. C Josh Currie 13GP, 6-6-12 (AHL this week)
      5. C-R Greg Chase 15GP, 7-4-11 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
      6. F Marco Roy 10GP, 1-5-6 (AHL this week)
      7. G Ty Rimmer 24GP, 2.90 .916 (2 games, W, L, stopped 53 of 58, .914)

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        1. RD Ethan Bear 46GP, 12-32-44 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
        2. LD Caleb Jones 47GP, 7-27-34 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week) 
        3. Keven Bouchard 29GP, 3.91 .871 (Struggled in two games this week)


          1. F Tyler Vesel, Omaha 23GP, 3-10-12 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
          2. L Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell 23GP, 2-6-8 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
          3. LD William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst 19GP, 2-4-6 (DNP this week)
          4. F Aidan Muir Western Michigan 23GP, 1-3-4 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
          5. G Zach Nagelvoort 9GP, 3.14 .888 (DNP this week)


            1. D John Marino 32GP, 2-13-15 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)


            1. D Ziyat Paigin 38GP, 7-15-22 (KHL) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
            2. C Bogdan Yakimov 6GP, 0-1-1 (KHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
            3. G Miroslav Svobota 15GP, 3.40 .914 (Cze-2) (1 tough game this week)

            (Winquist photo by Mark Williams)


            Among the players outside pro hockey at this time, there aren’t many who are locks to be signed this summer. Ziyat Paigin is absolutely trending in a good way (and as Sean Ferguson suggests may well be spiking in a way both Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev weren’t able to do) and was part of the KHL All-Star game this year.

            After that? Hmmm. Keven Bouchard, Miroslav Svoboda and Zack Nagelvoort are less than sure things (I am being kind), and the college skaters (plus John Marino) are either going to stay or are real long shots for pro hockey based on performance this year.

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            I think we could see Bob Green and his Oilers scouting staff sign college free agents (ala Jordan Oesterle, Andrew Miller) or graduating juniors who did not get drafted (Braden Christoffer a recent example). It will be an interesting spring for procurement.

            • Wanyes bastard child

              Bear has been at or above a point per game scoring in Seattle in his draft +1 year.

              Does he project to play in the NHL, and would he be signed?

            • HardBoiledOil 1.0

              yup, not very impressed with the college players with the exception of Lagesson. and it wouldn’t bother me if our goaltending “prospects” Nagelvoort, Svoboda and Bouchard weren’t re-upped. i really wish the Oilers would stop taking goalies in the later rounds because it just never seems to work out!

              on the positive side, guys like Brossoit, Khaira, Winquist, Bear, Jones, Paigin give us at least a few bright prospects for the future, albeit not stars.

              • Wanyes bastard child

                That’s the point of taking goalies in the later rounds. It’s a crapshoot. You throw an arrow at the dartboard once a year and hope it turns into something useful in the NHL every 7 or 8 years or so.

                Better than drafting them early and wasting the pick.

                Also Brossoit was drafted in round 6 so….

                • HardBoiledOil 1.0

                  if it’s not working, why continue to do it? the Oilers simply can’t find a good NHL goalie in the mid to late rounds, so if they want one, i feel it’s time to use a 2nd rounder and take a more highly regarded goalie than continually letting other teams walk away with them. and hey, the Oilers have already wasted plenty of 2nd rounders on guys like Mitch Moroz, David Musil and Tyler Pitlick, so it’s not like they have been a roaring success with their 2nd rounders to begin with. and Brossoit was a Flame pick.

                  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

                    The oilers have done about as well as most teams do at drafting goalies.  The “goalie factory” of Nashville has drafted 18 tenders since the 2000 draft.  18 in 16 years so about one a year and almost all of them were late round picks. In that time they’ve developed exactly one NHL starter in Pekka Rinne.  It’s the same with any NHL team.  No one knows what they hell are doing when drafting tenders hence the saying”goalies are voodoo” (wish I could remember who said it first). The goalies taken early don’t pan out at an appreciably greater rate compare to late rounders (might be a little more success but not much).  The analytics guys had this figured out years ago. There was an excellent study on this done years ago on some blog (maybe CnB if memory serves).  

                    Best strategy is to use a late round pick to select a goalie once a year and scour other leagues for undrafted gems that cost nothing.

                    Hopefully the Oilers have found a “keeper” in Brossoit who is playing great in Bako but as with a lot of these goalies we won’t find out if he’s the real deal
                    until the rubber hits the road in the NHL (and even then it’s hard to suss out skill from luck).  

                    Also as an aside the nerdlingers also figure goalies only get worse with age so might be a good idea if the Oil bring Laurent spooner rather than later for a looksee

            • HardBoiledOil 1.0

              The Oilers have emptied the prospect pipeline. Those who want them to trade their first pick this year should consider how depleted the farm is. I’m not saying they shouldn’t trade it, but if they do, they better get a damn good player in return. No offense to Griffin Reinhart, but we don’t want a trade like that again…

            • Mike Krushelnyski

              Ethan Bear is a RH Dman who is offensive and built like a tank – 5’11, 200 lbs and only going to put on more weight. That guy has essentially zero competition in the system and should be very motivated to show what he can do next training camp. Hope to see him playing a feature role on the Condors in a couple seasons and earning his first NHL stint. If he has the foot speed and even marginal defensive acumen he’ll be better than Shultz.

            • Spoils

              how bad relative to the NHL have our man games lost been? at 209 man games we are the worst.

              As an experiment maybe you might try scoring the value. Say give 4 points for each game a first liner player misses, 3 to second liners, 4 to top D, 3 to second D, 2 to middle pair, 1 to bottom pair and add up our total points lost… half a point to AHL/NHL guys

              now compare that to other teams. has to be worst by a country mile.

              and how many one goal games have we lost… and we are still better than last year.

            • Spoils

              We have a coach that demands that all players play in all situations and everyone has to block shots.

              I suspect Connor will have to block shots……..better get used to a lot of injuries all the time with this coach.

            • BDH

              The Oilers prospects are among the best in the league, its just that a lot of them are playing in the NHL. Compare the Oilers players under 22 years of age to other teams and I think the pipeline is just fine.

              How nice would it be if even just one of Bear, Jones, or Piagin worked out?

            • HardBoiledOil 1.0

              i have believe that the philosophy of Oiler management has been to go out and sign/trade for goalies and we’ve had only marginal success. i think our previous amateur scouts, Stu and his staff, were lazy when it came to scouting goalies because of this philosophy. i can’t let the former scouts off that easy but i’d sure like to see the Oilers get a break and find the next Mrazek!