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Oilers assign Slepyshev to the Bakersfield Condors

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that Anton Slepyshev has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors.

If there’s one bad thing about missing training camp and the pre-season it’s that you’re starting the race a step behind everyone else, and that’s where Anton Slepyshev finds himself today. As such, the Oilers have assigned the winger to Bakersfield to get himself up to speed and get some game action in before making the jump back to Edmonton. Smart move right here.

Looking at the Condors’ schedule, they have a pre-season game coming up on Friday night against Stockton and I would expect that the Oilers want him to get at least a game in (hopefully more) before recalling him shortly after. From where I blog, it makes perfect sense for Slepyshev to get some extra practice time and game action in before making his Oilers debut. Playing in the NHL is hard enough as it is without having to get into game shape on the fly.

I believe that Slepyshev already has a job locked up on the team and I appreciate that the Oilers have enough depth to allow him to fully recover from his ankle injury. Even though the conditioning stint is likely to be a short one, I would rather see Slepyshev in Oilers silks when he’s ready to play and not having to worry about testing his ankle out. See you soon, Anton.

SLEPYSHEV’S NORTH AMERICAN CAREER

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 0 1 1 2 -5
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 49 13 8 21 28 -11
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 4 6 10 4 5 12 3 0 3 4
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 3 7 10 6 3
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL Statistics Unavailable
NHL Totals   52 4 7 11 6   12 3 0 3 4

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Verified Twitter Account, 10/03/17, 2:00 pm MST

  • vetinari

    I put on a little weight this summer… can OilerNation send me to Bakersfield for a conditioning assignment? I’ll bunk with Slepy and we can drink Nation beer and eat hoagies together to get into mid-season viewing form. #ONConditioning

      • madjam

        Sort of , maybe . He is not on 23 man roster , nor does he have a contract as yet . Chia has asked him to stay for awhile to see how things pan out over next couple of weeks . I guess Kelly has decided to wait it out .

        • Joy S. Lee

          Not sure where you got your info, but I like that he’s willing to do that. Sort of like insurance in exchange for the potential of an opportunity. That works for me, but until I see Kelly good, I’m with the gang on this one, and hope they don’t use one of two remaining contracts on a bubble guy.

    • Florescent Oil Orange

      I would have much rather kept Hendricks over Kelly, personally I don’t think there is room for Henderson before we let him go or Kelly now

    • Joy S. Lee

      If injuries were to rear their ugly head, and they always do to at least some degree, the one place the Oilers are lacking for in real depth is at Center. Keeping Kelly around may have something to do with that.

      The interchangeable lineup TMac prefers means he has a few C/W’s to tinker with, but I don’t think Chiarelli or McLellan want to get caught – due to injuries – in any shortages of NHL-caliber players.

  • OilCan2

    I LOVE that picture of the SLEP SHOT. AHL RW is looking pretty buff with JP & AS in Condorville. The NHL trickle down story is Yamamoto and seeing if Strome can scale new heights.

  • ScottV

    Not sure what most seem to see in Slep. Pretty good at kind of keeping in and around the play, without accomplishing much – from what I see. I would take Kassian ahead of him any day on the 4th and would rather see Khaira on the left side. That puts Slep in the press box.

    With Yamamoto surely destined for Jr and Puljujarvi off to a Bakersfeild start – PC needs to get a vet RW like Calgary just landed.

    • madjam

      Slepychev a valuable part of Oilers speed game where as Hendriks was no more . First period analogy tomorrow : slow Jagr gets stripped of the puck in Oilers end by Yamamoyo . He then feeds puck up to Maroon and McDavid to crash Flames blue line . Fast Kailer catches up to play and is all alone and gets fed a pass to score his first goal because Jagr to slow to get back to defensive zone . Jagr goes -3 for the night .

        • madjam

          I don’t think so ? We have two probably playing for us right now in Leon and Connor , while they have one fledging one in Jagr . Not much left in Jagr to brag about to be honest .

          • Glencontrolurstik

            I don’t know? Last year he did get 46 points on a bad team?
            Not too bad for a million +? Calgary just waited, when evryone else gave up, as he was asking for a lot more…

      • Spydyr

        I’m not sure why you wait until the end of training camp to sign a 45 year old player. That player is already a couple weeks behind the team in all ways. The only thing I can think of is that they thought their team was that weak late in camp.

      • madjam

        RW efficiency or deficiency ? Already breathing up the butts of Kailer and Drake are Slepychev , Pakarinen and Jesse if one or both are not productive . Strome could also be moved to RW as well in many scenarios . Onus on Kailer is immense , to maintain a big enough gap on the rest to remain . Draisaitl moving back to center might favor Kailer’s chances of staying more than if Draisaitl remains RW . Lots of options still in play on RW .

      • Joy S. Lee

        In the main groupings, I heard Caggiula was LW, Jokinen RW, Strome at C on third line at a recent practice. May be a good indicator, but with McLellan, things always change.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I anticipate the Slep will be back as early as Monday night’s game – depending on how his fitness and timing are during the weekend games.

    This has nothing to do with Yamamoto – with Slep down we are going with a 22 person roster – no need to call someone up for a 4-7 day period unless we suffer an injury. There are breaks between each of the next 4 games.

    • Joy S. Lee

      That would be awfully quick for a guy who missed most of training camp. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him down there for a good week or two, so he can actually be ready to step into the lineup when he gets here.