Prospect Update: Trouble in Bakersfield

Not a lot of highlight-worthy weeks for the prospects in this latest update (outside of the playoff races in the CHL which always mean bigger numbers).

The Condors are dealing with a shortage of able bodies right now. And with the short-lived call-up of Keegan Lowe (now sent back down) the cupboards in Condorsville were getting bare. Mitch Callahan was caught doing PEDs. Then, to top it all off, Ryan Hamilton broke his leg in two places and is done for the year. Assuming the Oilers will start shutting down banged up guys, the Wichita cupboards could be raided real soon and the rest of the depth chart will be heavily tested.

Ostap Safin with the Seadogs had a four-goal week this week and Tyler Benson continues to play well. Meanwhile, John Marino finished up the week with a solid three-point effort for Harvard.


  • LD Caleb Jones 40gp, 1-12-13 (did not play this week; Currently injured)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 46p, 2-10-12 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 41gp, 3-7-10 (did not play this week; Currently injured)
  • RD Ethan Bear 31gp, 5-8-13 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • LD Ryan Stanton 30gp, 0-3-3 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)
  • LD Ben Betker 26gp, 0-1-1 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Eric Gryba 14gp, 0-0-0 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 36gp, 2-8-10 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week; called up to the NHL for a cup of coffee before being sent down)
  • R Ty Rattie 47gp, 20-17-37 (2gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 41gp, 6-15-21 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week; Broke leg and likely done for the year)
  • L Joey Laleggia 47gp, 8-21-29 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RC Josh Currie 47gp, 12-14-26 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 47gp, 8-8-16 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 39gp, 1-18-19 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 40gp, 12-11-23 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 39gp, 10-5-15 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Joe Gambardella 29gp, 5-5-10 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 42gp, 5-6-11 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (In the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 25gp, 5-3-8 (2gp, 0-0-0; recalled from ECHL Wichita)
  • R Zack O’Brien 22gp, 3-5-8 (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 45gp, 2-7-9 (did not play this week; busted for PED)
  • RC Chad Butcher 7gp, 1-1-2 (did not play this week; in the ECHL)
  • R Brian Ferlin 7gp, 1-0-1 (did not play this week)
  • L Evan Polei 9gp, 2-2-4 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Greg Chase 1gp, 0-0-0 (Traded to Springfield)
  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0 (NHL this week)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 18gp, 9-4-13 (called up to NHL)
  • G Nick Ellis 20gp, 3.23 .897 (one game, stopped 30 of 34 in a loss)
  • G Laurent Brossoit 11gp, 3.08 .901 (one game, one big loss. 6-0; Called up to the NHL)
  • G Shane Starrett 2gp, 4.91 .885 (In ECHL)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (Traded to Tampa Bay)


  • G Shane Starrett 30gp, 2.75 .919 (two games, two wins in which he faced 73 shots and stopped 68)

  • G Nick Ellis 2gp, 2.75 .925 (called up to the AHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 20gp, 8-14-22 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week; called up to the AHL)
  • F Lane Bauer 47gp, 9-23-32 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (Traded to Florida)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (in the AHL)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 40gp, 11-13-24 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • RC Chad Butcher 37gp, 7-16-23 (3gp, 1-0-0 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 32gp, 8-9-17 (called up to the AHL)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 54gp, 8-3-11 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 37gp, 3-9-12 for Djurgardens (SHL) (did not play this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 40gp, 1-2-3 for LeKi (Mestis) from HPK (Sm-Liiga) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LHD William Lagesson 42gp, 1-9-10 for Djurgardens (SHL) (did not play this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 50gp, 24-27-51 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (3gp, 4-0-4 this week)

  • C Cameron Hebig 56gp, 39-38-77 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (4gp, 1-2-4 this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 49gp, 28-31-59 for Niagara (OHL) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 45gp, 20-34-54 for Vancouver (WHL) (3gp, 1-2-3 this week) – alumni of our Sponsor alert!
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 50gp, 8-18-26 for Guelph (OHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 28gp, 14-32-46 for Spokane (WHL) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 46gp, 2.46 .923 for Swift Current from Lethbridge (WHL) (three games, Two wins and one OT loss.)
  • G Dylan Wells 47gp, 3.49 .902 for Peterborough (OHL) (two games, three goals allowed on 63 shots.)


  • RC Tyler Vesel 30gp, 11-17-28 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • L Graham McPhee 32gp, 12-8-19 for Boston College (NCAA) (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • L Aidan Muir 21gp, 4-7-11 for Western Michigan (NCAA) (2gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 27gp, 4-9-13 for Boston College (NCAA) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 31gp, 0-10-10 for Providence (NCAA) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 22gp, 2-5-7 for Yale (NCAA) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RD John Marino 27gp, 1-12-13 for Harvard (NCAA) (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • LD Matt Cairns 9gp, 0-0-0 for Cornell (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 48gp, 10-14-24 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB


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  • BrandieBear

    The future is bleak. We really need to do a good job this year and stock up on prospects. I know our scouting has been lack lustre for years but we need to fix that ASAP

    • fasteddy

      This year? Look at every team’s drafts from virtually every year; players picked at top of draft play on NHL team, a few will make it to AHL, the rest are shots in the dark. This is not an Oilers thing, this is every team. Everyone seems to forget the players on the team that age/experience-wise would be in AHL if they weren’t high end talents. No prospects? We have at least 4 playing on the team right now; (Mcd, Nurse, Drai, Pulj). Look at the drafts from each of their draft years; I guarantee you there are numerous first and second rounders from each of those drafts playing in AHL or elsewhere that everyone likes to conveniently say are prospects being developed…

      • JimmyV1965

        The Oilers drafting and development is amongst the worst in the league. Virtually every team in the league has top 6 forwards and top 4 dmen who were drafted outside the first round. We have zero. Sure, we have a bunch of top 5 picks on the roster right now, but a monkey could pick those guys. Where are all those second and third round picks? Out drafting is amongst the very worst in the league. Although Chia has drafted much better than the previous regimes, those guys won’t be ready for another two years.

        • fasteddy

          You’re saying much better based on what? Bear or Jones making it? Firstly they haven’t made it, and secondly who are all these late round impact players you are referring to? I don’t see one that would fall into that category today. Could turn out one or more of his picks do make it, but there’s certainly nothing imminent. Also do your research and find the top 6/top 4 players all the other teams are drafting in the later rounds; they don’t exist. Of course it happens here and there over the years, but there is absolutely no team that consistently finds impact players in the late rounds.

        • JimmyV1965

          Do my research? Are you kidding? Name five teams in the league that don’t have a top 6 forward or top 4 dman drafted outside the first round. Almost every team has them except the Oilers.

          • fasteddy

            Just for kicks I just looked at the past 7 yrs of second round picks, (Not a great case study as some of these players could still develop)…..regardless, I believe I found 4 players that would currently be considered top 6/top 4…..4 out of 211 2nd round picks….I’m sure I probably missed a couple, but still….people have serious misconceptions about draft picks

  • OILfaninVANcouver

    On the bright side – it’s been a while since we’ve had multiple offensive threats in junior. The bad news is they won’t help the Oilers (or at least shouldn’t have to) for 2-3 years. Ideally Yamamoto, Benson, etc all get AT LEAST one full year in Bakersfield. Putting these young players in important depth roles and not expecting, but relying on them to produce hurts the prospect and the team. We’ve seen it too many times.

    This summer is going to tell the tale of Chiarelli’s compentence. He needs to find productive stop gaps because this team already had the big pieces on it and an NHL GM needs to be able to tie the bow.

    • RJ

      I agree with most of this but I would say I’d want them to be in critical roles in Bakersfield. Give them a ton of ice time, plus time on the PP and PK in Bakersfield. No Oilers time until after their first season in the AHL.

  • Big Nuggets

    with the young Russian Maksimov and I think Safin is Czech?, it would be nice if Yakimov came to play in Bakersfield. Big 6 foot 5 center, he doesnt have many points but I believe he plays mostly 4th line minutes and 8 goals isnt that bad. with more minutes and skilled wingers he could have a big uptick in points.

  • We have some promising guys in Safin, Yamamoto, Maksimov, Benson, and the 2 d-men in Bakersfield. Aside from them though it looks pretty bleak. Skinner looks like he has something and McPhee looks like he’s on a good path but there isn’t really anything else that’s mind blowing. I like Hebig but im worried he might just be having overage luck. We did have those Oil King glory days where we drafted anyone for being an Oil King but even some of these prospects in the last 3 years have been underwhelming. It’s hard to make trades with very little valuable trading chips.

    • OriginalPouzar

      Samorukov is having a hell of season and his arrows are straight up. As a d-man, he’s a number of years away, of course – great arrows so far though and, if he wasn’t behind Merkley and McFadden in Guelph his offensive numbers would likely be much much better.