It was an eventful week for Oilers prospects across the prospect landscape, and this time next week we might see additions or subtractions depending on how this trade deadline breaks down. Here is a look at the last seven days.

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  1. R Taylor Beck 39gp, 13-35-48 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  2. LC Anton Lander 22gp, 18-19-37 (2gp, 2-3-5 NHL this week) 
  3. L Ryan Hamilton 46gp, 17-18-35 (DNP this week)
  4. LD Joey Laleggia 47gp, 13-9-22 (2gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  5. LC Josh Currie 47gp, 10-9-19 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  6. LD Jordan Oesterle 28gp, 3-16-19 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  7. R Jesse Puljujarvi 19gp, 7-9-16 (2gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  8. LC Jujhar Khaira 24gp, 8-10-18 (NHL this week)
  9. L Scott Allen 40gp, 7-8-15 (DNP this week)
  10. LD Griffin Reinhart 35gp, 6-8-14 (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  11. LD David Musil 44gp, 3-10-13 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  12. RD Mark Fayne 22gp, 2-10-12 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  13. R Patrick Russell 48gp, 4-6-10 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  14. R Anton Slepyshev 9gp, 3-7-10 (NHL this week)
  15. RC Kyle Platzer 45gp, 1-6-7 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  16. LC Jere Sallinen 45gp, 4-3-7 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  17. LD Dillon Simpson 33gp, 2-5-7 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. R Greg Chase 34gp, 1-5-6 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  19. L Joey Benik 21gp, 4-1-5 (Norfolk this week)
  20. RC Kris Newbury 14gp, 3-2-5 (No longer on the team)
  21. RD Bryce Aneloski 30gp, 1-3-4 (DNP this week)
  22. L Braden Christoffer 37gp, 1-2-3 (2GPM 0-0-0 this week)
  23. R Jaedon Descheneau 19gp, 0-3-3 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week) (rookie)
  24. L Mitch Moroz 17gp, 1-2-3 (no longer on team)
  25. LD Ben Betker 15gp, 1-2-3 (DNP this week)
  26. LD Mark Fraser 45gp, 0-2-2 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  27. RD Matt Benning 2gp, 1-1-2 (NHL this week) (rookie)
  28. LC Brodie Dupoint 2gp, 1-1-2 (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  29. RC Zach Pochiro 2gp, 0-2-2 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  30. RD Frankie Simonelli 6gp, 0-1-1 (DNP this week)
  31. R Iiro Pakarinen 5gp, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  32. R Joel Rechlicz 13gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  33. C Henrik Samuelsson 5gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  34. C Kellen Lain 2gp, 0-0-0 (No longer in organization)
  35. LD Mikael Tam 1gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  36. G Nick Ellis 22gp, 2.69 .921 (two games this week: stopped all 11 shots in one, .960 in the other)
  37. G Laurent Brossoit 21gp, 2.67 .908 (NHL this week)
  38. G Jonas Gustavsson 8gp, 2.91 .901 (one game this week: .769)
  • It was a good week for several prospects, including Jesse Puljujarvi, Griffin Reinhart and Nick Ellis.
  • Anton Lander belongs in a higher league.
  • Jonas Gustavsson has been disappointing.
  • I wonder if the Oilers think about calling up the Laleggia—Lander—Puljujarvi line after the deadline when rosters increase?


  1. RD Frankie Simonelli 35gp, 11-13-24 (3gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  2. RC Zach Pochiro 34gp, 3-20-23 (1gp, 0-1-1 and AHL this week)
  3. R Jaedon Descheneau 26gp, 9-10-19 (AHL this week)
  4. LD Mikael Tam 18gp, 7-9-16 (3gp,1-0-1 this week)
  5. L Joey Benik 17gp, 7-8-15 (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  6. LD Ben Betker 2gp, 1-2-3 (2gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  7. G Eetu Laurikainen 11gp, 3.77 .881 (DNP this week)


  1. RD Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds 61gp, 26-41-65 (4gp, 1-4-5 this week)

  2. LD Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks 53gp, 7-42-49 (3gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  3. L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants 33gp, 11-31-42 (Injured this week)
  4. LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit 51gp, 1-5-6 (4gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  5. G Dylan Wells, Peterborough Petes 46gp, 2.97 .919 (three games: .921, .962, .974)


    1. Matthew Cairns 17gp, 2-13-15 (DNP this week)


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    1. RC Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha 34gp, 12-21-33 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
    2. RD John Marino, Harvard 28gp, 2-9-11 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
    3. L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan 17gp, 2-8-10 (DNP this week)
    4. L Graham McPhee, Boston College 35gp, 1-7-8 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
    5. LD William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst 34gp, 2-5-7 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)

    6. L Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell 31gp, 1-3-4 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
    7. LD Vincent Desharnais, Providence 28gp, 2-1-3 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
    8. G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan 11gp, 3.03 .914 (one shutout this week)


    1. RC Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers 27gp, 6-14-20 (2gp, 1-0-1)
    2. LD Matthew Cairns, Fargo Force 17gp, 0-4-4 (no longer on team)


    1. C Bogdan Yakimov Neftikhimik KHL 50gp, 3-8-11 
    2. D Filip Berglund, Skelleftea SHL 42gp, 0-9-9 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
    3. LD ZIyat Paigin, Bars Kazan VHL 17gp, 5-2-7
    4. G Miroslav Svoboda,HC Dukla Jihlava (Cze 2) 25gp, 1.60 .944

      • PlumbOil

        Bear is looking like a very exciting prospect, I wonder how a point per game pace in the dub translates to pro hockey. Sure is nice having a legit RHD prospect in the system. Hope he can finish strong and have a good playoff!

      • Not a First Tier Fan

        Can you imagine in a couple years when we’ll have Bear and Jones pushing Benning, Nurse and Klefbom for a spot on the team?

        Our future D is looking good.

        • Craig1981

          I have heard the same thing about Marincin, Gernat,Plante, Peckham, Chorney, and Syvret. Truth be told I don’t think the Oilers have drafted a defencemen of Klefbom’s caliber since Beukeboom in 1983 unless you like Poti in 1996.

          Lets not get ahead of ourselves and just hope one of the two is a top four in 5 years.

      • Mike Modano's Dog

        I understand that Mitch Moroz wasn’t in the cards for our Oilers and that is why he wasn’t playing. But now they trade for Henrik Samuelsson and now they don’t play him either?! Tell me he’s hurt – or something…otherwise what is the sense in that?

        Speaking of being hurt is there any projection on how long Tyler Benson’s injury could last. I’m starting to worry he may miss a significant amount of time, like the rest of the year – as he’s been out a long time already.

        Really happy for both J.P. and Lander for how things are going down on the farm. I hope when Pulljujarvi gets called up he can get some minutes and continue his confident play. I believe he’s going to rock the NHL once he gets on track…

        I know Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones can get called up to play with the AHL team this year after their teams are finished. Who else fits in this category that the team might consider?


        • FISTO Siltanen

          I really hope they don’t regret passing on DeBrincat. He can play with McDavid and he’s proven he can play without him. He’s a RW.

          Nice story about the local kid but this would’ve been my choice.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        respectfully, Lander does not belong in a higher league….every time he gets sent down and tears up the AHL, he gets brought up he wins his fair share of the faceoffs, granted and that’s valuable, but he does nothing offensively and that hurts the Oilers. maybe he has found his niche in the AHL or a similar league, the KHL?

        • SSB1963

          I am not a Lander fan (so to speak), but he clearly does not belong in the AHL. I see him as a valuable 3C/4C with the oilers. Just wonder what happens to him whenever he is called up? Is it how the coaches are utilizing him or has he himself changed how he plays?

          • OilersGM

            I think it is because of how the coach is utilizing him. Remember he had lots of success with Todd Nelson in the short period of time. I think he can be a really good 3C in the league if used properly.

      • Archer

        asked this last week but didn’t get any response – does anyone have any insight into what is going on with Ben Betker? Early in the season he was playing and looking good and Stauffer said that the Oilers thought there was some upside to him. He hasn’t played in months (stuck on 15 gp) and does not show up as injured. Why is he not playing? If not able to crack the Condors lineup and not injured then why is he not in Norfolk and at least playing? What is the point of him not dressing in Bakersfield?

          • Archer

            ah, thanks, missed that the first time through, since he was listed in the Bakersfield section as well. Still wonder why he sat in Bakersfield for months, much better to be in Norfolk and playing than in Bakersfield and sitting out, poor asset management in my view

      • Muddy

        Feels like I say this every week but Lander is a guy I would definitely resign. Not many guys who get called up then sent down so many times are able to stay so focused on the end goal of earning a regular spot on a NHL roster the hard way. He just shuts up and puts up points – love that kid.

      • MessyEH!

        You need bottom of the lineup guys who can clear waivers You also need players of good character to teach the young Pros how to be professionals.

        Lander also only plays on the 4th line and starts most of his shifts at the wrong end of the ice. I have no problem with lander holding a contract position. I fear he may be headed to the KHL next year. His wife and kid remained in Sweden this season.

        It’s really incredible how he can score at the AHL level.