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The AHL season is winding down with playoffs now a real possibility. In the CHL, playoffs are underway and in Europe some teams have been eliminated and we can begin to discuss players in the system who might be signed to pro deals. Late, but finally here, this is the weekend update.


  1. LC Anton Lander 33gp, 23-27-50 (2gp, 1-3-4 this week)
  2. R Taylor Beck 40gp, 13-37-50 (No longer on team)
  3. L Ryan Hamilton 46gp, 17-18-35 (DNP this week)
  4. LD Joey Laleggia 58gp, 18-16-34 (2gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  5. LD Jordan Oesterle 39gp, 7-24-31 (2gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  6. LC Josh Currie 58gp, 16-12-28 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  7. R Jesse Puljujarvi 30gp, 10-14-24 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  8. L Scott Allen 51gp, 8-10-18 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  9. LC Jujhar Khaira 24gp, 8-10-18 (NHL this week)
  10. LD Griffin Reinhart 46gp, 6-12-18 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  11. R Patrick Russell 59gp, 7-9-16 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  12. RD Mark Fayne 31gp, 2-13-15 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  13. LD David Musil 47gp, 4-10-14 (‘loaned’)
  14. R Greg Chase 44gp, 3-9-12 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  15. R Jaedon Descheneau 30gp, 4-7-11 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week) (rookie)
  16. R Anton Slepyshev 9gp, 3-7-10 (NHL this week)
  17. LD Dillon Simpson 44gp, 3-6-9 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. RC Kyle Platzer 49gp, 1-7-8 (DNP this week)
  19. LC Jere Sallinen 48gp, 4-3-7 (DNP this week)
  20. L Braden Christoffer 42gp, 4-2-6 (2gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  21. LC Brodie Dupoint 13gp, 1-5-6 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  22. L Joey Benik 21gp, 4-1-5 (Norfolk this week)
  23. RD Bryce Aneloski 35gp, 1-4-5 (DNP this week)
  24. R Justin Fontaine 8gp, 2-4-6 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  25. LD Mark Fraser 56gp, 0-3-3 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  26. LD Ben Betker 22gp, 1-2-3 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  27. L Mitch Moroz 17gp, 1-2-3 (no longer on team)
  28. C Mark Olver 7gp, 0-3-3 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  29. RD Matt Benning 2gp, 1-1-2 (NHL this week) (rookie)
  30. RC Zach Pochiro 4p, 0-2-2 (DNP this week)
  31. RD Frankie Simonelli 6gp, 0-1-1 (DNP this week)
  32. R Iiro Pakarinen 5gp, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  33. R Joel Rechlicz 15gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  34. C Henrik Samuelsson 5gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  35. C Kellen Lain 2gp, 0-0-0 (No longer in organization)
  36. LD Mikael Tam 1gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  37. G Nick Ellis 28gp, 2.73 .919 (one game this week: played 2 minutes)
  38. G Laurent Brossoit 21gp, 2.67 .908 (NHL this week)
  39. G Jonas Gustavsson 16p, 2.23 .926 (two brilliant games this week: .968 and .978)
  • Jonas Gustavsson was brilliant in two games this week, and he scored!
  • Anton Lander is apparently headed to the KHL next season, but remains an impact player at this level.
  • Joey Laleggia has emerged as a real scoring prospect since his move to LW.
  • Jordan Oesterle continues to build a strong resume for an NHL team. Is that team the Oilers?
  • Braden Christoffer had his best week in the AHL, scoring a couple of goals in the same game.
Edmonton Oilers select Tyler Tullio with the 126th overall pick


  1. RD Frankie Simonelli 47gp, 15-21-36 (4gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  2. L Joey Benik 29gp, 14-15-29 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  3. RC Zach Pochiro 39gp, 3-24-27 (3gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  4. LD Mikael Tam 30gp, 8-13-21 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  5. R Jaedon Descheneau 26gp, 9-10-19 (AHL this week)
  6. LD Ben Betker 5gp, 3-2-5 (AHL this week)
  7. G Eetu Laurikainen 11gp, 3.77 .881 (DNP this week)


  1. RD Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds 67gp, 28-42-70 (2gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  2. LD Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks 63gp, 9-53-62 (playoffs: 2gp, 0-2-2)
  3. RD Ryan Mantha, Niagara Ice Dogs 65gp, 17-41-58 (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  4. L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants 33gp, 11-31-42 (Season over)
  5. LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit 59gp, 3-6-9 (Season over)
  6. G Dylan Wells, Peterborough Petes 52gp, 3.07 .916 (playoffs: 2gp, 2.50 .936)
  • The CHL playoffs underway, and Edmonton’s impact prospects continue to have a lot to say about the outcome.
  • Dylan Wells posted a terrific rebound season and has been the story early in Peterborough’s playoffs.
  • Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha are all wrapping up their junior careers, meaning three major additions to the defense in Bakersfield in the fall.


  1. Matthew Cairns, Powell River Kings 18gp, 2-14-16 (playoffs: 10gp, 0-2-2)


  1. RC Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha 39gp, 14-21-35 (Season over)
  2. RD John Marino, Harvard 34gp, 2-13-15 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  3. L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan 20gp, 2-9-11 (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  4. L Graham McPhee, Boston College 39gp, 2-8-10 (Season over)
  5. LD William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst 36gp, 2-6-8 (Season over)
  6. L Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell 33gp, 1-4-5 (Season over)
  7. LD Vincent Desharnais, Providence 32gp, 2-1-3 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  8. G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan 14gp, 2.87 .921 (Season over)
  • John Marino’s Harvard team made it all the way to the final four. He is the only remaining college prospect with a game on the schedule.
  • It will be interesting to see if Edmonton signs any of these men. The most impressive prospects (Marino and Lagesson) are defensemen, and the Oilers already have several turning pro.
Edmonton Oilers select Carter Savoie with the 100th overall pick


  1. RC Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers 36gp, 7-18-24 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  2. LD Matthew Cairns, Fargo Force 17gp, 0-4-4 (no longer on team)


  1. C Bogdan Yakimov Neftikhimik KHL 50gp, 3-8-11 (Season over)
  2. D Filip Berglund, Skelleftea SHL 47gp, 0-9-9 (6gp, 0-0-0 in playoffs)
  3. LD Ziyat Paigin, Bars Kazan KHL 17gp, 1-3-4 (Season over)
  4. G Miroslav Svoboda,HC Dukla Jihlava (Cze 2) 25gp, 1.60 .944 (7gp, 1.56 .946 in playoffs)
  • Svoboda is now trolling us. He is having an insane season in a league half a world away, with no English news to cover it. We are cheering you, Miroslav!
  • Berglund isn’t playing much in the playoffs but he is playing.