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Jujhar Khaira was recalled to the NHL today by the Edmonton Oilers, capping a week of moves and events. Ziyat Paigin finally made his North American debut this week and signed his entry-level deal today. The Oilers added another college goalie as well (Shane Starrett, Oilers release on both signings is here). Jordan Oesterle took a dangerous hit but all appears to be fine, while Ryan Hamilton took a hard hit yesterday but there is some good news there.. It has been an eventful week for Edmonton’s prospects.


  1. LC Anton Lander 39gp, 25-30-55 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  2. R Taylor Beck 40gp, 13-37-50 (No longer on team)
  3. LD Joey Laleggia 64gp, 20-18-38 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  4. L Ryan Hamilton 49gp, 17-19-36 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. LC Josh Currie 64gp, 18-14-32 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  6. LD Jordan Oesterle 44gp, 7-25-32 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  7. R Jesse Puljujarvi 36gp, 12-15-27 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  8. LD Griffin Reinhart 52gp, 6-14-20 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  9. LC Jujhar Khaira 27gp, 8-12-20 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  10. L Scott Allen 55gp, 8-10-18 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  11. R Patrick Russell 65gp, 8-9-17 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  12. RD Mark Fayne 36gp, 3-13-16 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  13. R Jaedon Descheneau 36gp, 6-9-15 (3gp, 2-0-2 this week) (rookie)
  14. LD David Musil 47gp, 4-10-14 (‘loaned’)
  15. R Greg Chase 47gp, 3-9-12 (DNP this week)
  16. LD Dillon Simpson 50gp, 3-8-11 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  17. R Anton Slepyshev 9gp, 3-7-10 (NHL this week)
  18. R Justin Fontaine 13gp, 2-9-11 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  19. LC Jere Sallinen 51gp, 4-6-10 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  20. RC Kyle Platzer 50gp, 1-7-8 (DNP this week)
  21. L Braden Christoffer 46gp, 5-3-8 (1gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  22. LC Brodie Dupoint 18gp, 2-5-7 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  23. LD Mark Fraser 62gp, 3-3-6 (3gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  24. RD Bryce Aneloski 35gp, 1-4-5 (DNP this week)
  25. LD Ben Betker 27gp, 1-4-5 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  26. L Joey Benik 21gp, 4-1-5 (Norfolk this week)
  27. L Mitch Moroz 17gp, 1-2-3 (no longer on team)
  28. C Mark Olver 9gp, 0-3-3 (DNP 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. LC Joe Gambardella 3gp, 1-1-2 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week) (rookie)
  32. RD Frankie Simonelli 6gp, 0-1-1 (DNP this week)
  33. R Iiro Pakarinen 5gp, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  34. R Joel Rechlicz 15gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  35. C Henrik Samuelsson 5gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  36. C Kellen Lain 2gp, 0-0-0 (No longer in organization)
  37. LD Mikael Tam 1gp, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  38. LD Ziyat Paigin 2gp, 0-0-0 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week (rookie)
  39. RD Ryan Mantha 1gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week (rookie)
  40. G Nick Ellis 31gp, 2.74 .918 (two games this week: .571 and .933)
  41. G Laurent Brossoit 21gp, 2.67 .908 (NHL this week)
  42. G Jonas Gustavsson 20gp, 2.42 .917 (two games this week: .933 and .886)
  • Joe Gambardella, Ziyat Paigin and Ryan Mantha all made their pro debut this week and all appear to have bright futures in the organization. The building of the minor league system is coming into view. Look for forwards over the rest of the spring and summer.
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  1. RD Frankie Simonelli 49gp, 15-22-37 (DNP this week)
  2. L Joey Benik 35gp, 16-15-31 (4gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  3. RC Zach Pochiro 42gp, 3-24-27 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  4. LD Mikael Tam 36gp, 9-13-22 (3gp, 1-0-1 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 (playoffs: 6gp, 3-9-12)
  2. LD Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks 63gp, 9-53-62 (playoffs: 8gp, 0-6-6)
  3. RD Ryan Mantha, Niagara Ice Dogs 65gp, 17-41-58 (Now in AHL)
  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: 6gp, 2.07 .940)
  • Dylan Wells is having a very strong playoffs for the Petes.
  • Ethan Bear and Seattle are up in their series, while Caleb Jones and Portand are struggling in theirs.


  1. Matthew Cairns, Powell River Kings 18gp, 2-14-16 (Season over)


  1. RC Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha 39gp, 14-21-35 (Season over)
  2. RD John Marino, Harvard 35gp, 2-13-15 (Frozen four finalist, season over)
  3. L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan 20gp, 2-9-11 (Season over)
  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 (Season over)
  8. G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan 14gp, 2.87 .921 (Season over)
  • Shane Starrett may have gotten the contract ticketed for Nagelvoort. Starrett’s resume based on numbers is very good, he appears to have solid numbers all the way back to high school.


  1. RC Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers 38gp, 7-18-25 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  2. LD Matthew Cairns, Fargo Force 17gp, 0-4-4 (no longer on team)
  • In looking at the USHL players who are eligible for the draft this year, there appear to be a large number of skill forwards and defensemen. Something to keep in mind as we approach draft day.
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  1. C Bogdan Yakimov Neftikhimik KHL 50gp, 3-8-11 (Season over)
  2. D Filip Berglund, Skelleftea SHL 47gp, 0-9-9 (7gp, 0-0-0 in playoffs)
  3. LD Ziyat Paigin, Bars Kazan KHL 17gp, 1-3-4 (Now in AHL)
  4. G Miroslav Svoboda,HC Dukla Jihlava (Cze 2) 25gp, 1.60 .944 (7gp, 1.56 .946 in playoffs)

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    good stuff ! i didn’t believe that Nagelvoort was going to be re-signed and he now likely isn’t. add him to the pile of bloody awful goalie picks that Stu MacGregor and his scouting staff chose. i think we are also likely to say goodbye to Evan Campbell, and possibly Bo Yakimov and Aiden Muir? i wonder if LW Joey LaLeggia could get a look in the playoffs?

    • aspin

      We may not be signing Nagelvoort but it is much to early to say he will not amount to anything. He is tearing it up in the ECHL. Too early to write off Muir as well. He had a significant injury this year and was on track for a heck of a season before that injury.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        not sure i agree on Nagelvoort. he hasn’t played much the last few seasons at the U of Michigan and wasn’t the main man either season. he likely did just have his contract given away to Shane Starrett but we’ll see. perhaps there is still hope for the guy though i don’t see it. and his ECHL accomplishments so far are pretty small. i’ll reserve any more judgement until i see him actually play a lot at the pro level and become the main man.