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Ethan Bear recalled from AHL

According to Bob Stauffer on OilersNow, the Oilers have recalled defenceman Ethan Bear from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL.

This addition will give the Oilers eight defenceman on their roster again as the total was lowered to seven after Brandon Davidson was dealt to the New York Islanders. Bear also gives the Oilers another right-handed option on the blueline, which is something they currently lack outside of Matt Benning and Adam Larsson.

The Oilers don’t have much to get excited about on their farm team right now. Ethan Bear is one of, realistically, two prospects that have the potential to have an impact on the team over the next few years, so it’ll be exciting watching him have an opportunity to play at the NHL level.

A fifth-round pick in 2015, Bear burst onto the scene last year when he won WHL Defenceman of the Year with an impressive 70-point season with the Seattle Thunderbirds. In his first professional season, Bear has recorded six goals and 10 assists in 34 games.

Here’s his Elite Prospects page for reference.