Oilers Sign Taylor Beck

Out goes one Taylor. In comes another.

The Oilers added some depth on Sunday by announcing the signing of winger Taylor Beck, a former third-round pick of the Nashville Predators (70th overall, 2009). Beck can play both the left and right side, and the 25-year-old will likely start the season with the Bakersfield Condors.

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Beck spent most of last season with the New York Islanders top farm team in Bridgeport where he finished fifth in scoring with 33 points. He got into two games with the Islanders, taking his NHL career total to 87 games with 11 goals and 23 points.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario, product put up 58 points in his draft season with the OHL’s Guelph Storm, and followed that with two 90-plus point campaigns in his last two years of junior. 

“Beck is a big winger with a good shot and offensive instincts. At his best when he goes to the net. Needs to improve his defensive game and skating ability.” – Elite Prospects (2012)

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He consistently registered 40-plus points in the American League with Nashville’s farm team in Milwaukee, and after two short stints with the Predators, he finally got to stay for more than a few cups of coffee in ’14-15. Beck, who stands 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, played 62 games that year for the Preds and racked up eight goals and eight assists. He also got into five playoff games as well.

After the season, he was traded to Toronto but he was then moved to the Islanders in the deal that brought Michael Grabner to the Maple Leafs. The Islanders traded him to Colorado last February for Marc-Andre Cliché, and Beck was assigned to AHL San Antonio. 

TAYLOR BECK’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 50 11 30 41 28 8 2 0 1 1 2
2012-13 Nashville Predators NHL 16 3 4 7 2 0
2013-14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 65 17 32 49 38 -8 3 0 0 0 2
2013-14 Nashville Predators NHL 7 0 0 0 6 -2
2014-15 Nashville Predators NHL 62 8 8 16 18 -4 5 0 0 0 2
2015-16 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 46 16 17 33 30 11
2015-16 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
2015-16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 4 1 0 1 2 -6
NHL Totals 87 11 12 23 28 5 0 0 0 2

    • Cubro

      Have you ever seen other teams 50 man rosters? My guess is no. Hes a former 3rd round pick and only 25. The condors have terrible depth in the top 6 and hes a proven AHL scorer. Calm Down its a minor league deal

          • I am Batman

            Look at you Mr. Glass Half empty.

            Two goalies injured???? A bit pessimistic hey?

            On the 3 d’s…. that can actually happen, especially since we still have Klefbom who is a regular at Alberta Health Services.

          • Craig1981

            They have FIVE goalies under contract. If 2 get hurt they will be fine

            They have 17 defenceman under contract…..3 getting hurt is not an issue.

            Also if 11 defensemen get hurt or 4 goalies you either trade a forward (like the one we just signed) for they position player you need OR sign an unsigned player from Junior to an amateur tryout…which the oilers did do at least once.

            You have no idea what you are talking about

          • Spydyr

            If three defencman at the NHL level get hurt and Fraser is one of their replacements. That’s not a issue for most of you. OK then.

            Lets see how the season progress and if they run into any trouble with the 50-man list before you say I don’t know what I am talking about.

          • Seanaconda

            Well what free agent do you see that could fix it? So it’ll be a trade and that doesn’t hurt your roster spots unless we take a bunch of prospects back. Which is doubtful with the price tag on rhd at the moment. Plus free agent is just 1 more spot taken if we did find one we wanted on that d spot

            Plus we can just trade ahlers in 2 for 1 trades if it becomes a problem Or trade guys for 7th round picks

          • Seanaconda

            You trade 2 of our ahlers for one of theirs some team will have an ahl team that needs help or is pushing for the calder cup…. and a 7th round pick tends to be garbage anyways so yeah I think we could do it.

          • 99 to 97

            But if 16 forwards get hurt (which is just as probable as the scenario you put forward) Trader Pete will look like a genius. All hail the glorious new regime! (Yes, I’ve been drinking)

  • A-Mc

    The fringe guys aren’t so bad to have around. They keep pressure on the lower end nhl regulars; just to remind them that someone is there to take their spot if they slack off.

    This is a culture thing. Building competition as it were.

  • 2Oilers4

    Why are people complaining? What the hell is wrong with you people? Remember that depth is a good thing? Remember that even though we have finished in the NHL basement every year for forever and are always in a good position at the draft and we should have good prospects, our farm team didn’t even make the playoffs? Also, people worried about losing players to expansion, we will lose 1 player, that’s it. 1. And so will all 29 other teams. Settle down people. Minor league deal. Nothing wrong with this

    • Cheap Shot Charlie

      Shouldn’t matter. Unless he’s signed to +950k than he won’t count against the cap if he’s waived and goes to the condors. If he’s waved and claimed by another team than the only thing wasted is Scott’s time for writing the article.

      • RJ

        Lowetide would probably know;

        If it’s an AHL-only contract, then it wouldn’t be on the 50 contracts limit. I’m probably wrong, but that makes a difference.

        Then he wouldn’t be waived, because he’s already starting in the AHL.

        Still a very minor deal, so probably not a big deal either way.

  • ComeAtMeDog

    Whoa Fraser then this guy ? Looks like MAcT has the reins for the weekend . Chia is out partying with lucic .

    Meh to this guy . Hope he does well cause he’s a oiler of course . But let’s hope our bottom lines are more stacked than that for this guy to come up

  • #1 overall waivers pick

    The Oilers GM is a brilliant man, he makes moves like a grand master chess player.

    It’s obvious that Peter’s Harvard degree has helped turn the Oilers around

    With the signing of Taylor Beck, Chiarelli has already found his Taylor Hall replacement.

    In Chia we trust!

      • Seanaconda

        The only difference between 1 and 2 way contracts is the amount paid if you’re in the nhl or ahl at the time. Nothing to do with waivers.

        The condors can sign guys to ahl contracts which can’t be called up to be on the oilers.

        I think the guy you are replying to meant it’s more than likely Beck was only signed to play in the ahl. And as a really desperate call up if we get a bunch of injuries.

        So signed by oilers but is going to play in ahl.

  • Anton CP

    So many here are either trolls or some who doesn’t know hockey…

    It is filling the minor league depth, it is important to have a functional minor league team so players can develop better.