Laurent Brossoit and the Bakersfield Condors play tonight at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. The San Jose Barracuda are in town, and the lineup has been tweaked. Let’s have a look.
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) December 30, 2016
There are several actual NHL prospects in the lineup tonight, and many in prominent roles. Anton Slepyshev is up on the top line and playing well since his demotion (6gp, 2-5-7 in Bakersfield), Joey Laleggia (moving up to LW for the third straight game) on the 2line and names like Kyle Platzer and Greg Chase in the lineup. One player we should be paying attention to is Scott Allen (24, 4-5-9), he appears to be getting a push in recent games.
Defensively, Mark Fayne plays tonight, as Jordan Oesterle was called to Edmonton earlier in the day. Interesting to see Fayne partnered with Griffin Reinhart, and Dillon Simpson moving on to the top pairing with David Musil.
The Oilers have recalled most of the Condors blueliners this season:
- October 19—Ben Betker
- October 21—Matt Benning (he stuck with the team)
- November 5—Dillon Simpson (played in his first NHL games)
- November 30—Mark Fayne
- December 7—David Musil
- December 30—Jordan Oesterle
Griffin Reinhart is one of the few defenders who has not seen a recall, suspect Edmonton is going to slow play his season after Todd McLellan’s comments from training camp:
Todd McLellan: “Griffin has to improve his game
in every area to be a National Hockey Leaguer. He has to get stronger,
his (defensive) reads. He has to get down into the American League and
understand that because he’s got work to do to get back here. That was
the message delivered to him and he accepted it, well.” Source
It is easy to view that quote as entirely negative, but if you remember your days of youth and challenges that presented themselves, sometimes good things come from moments like the one described above. At the very least, this is an interesting winter in California.
Photos by Mark Williams, all rights reserved.