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Prospect Update: New Faces Abound

The Oilers signed two new players this week from DIII of the NCAA. Centreman, Colin Larkin and right-handed defencemen Logan Day were both signed to amateur try-out contracts. Larkin is the older brother of Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and the head start in the fastest skater competition and also signed a one-year ELC with the Oilers. Day is the first ever D man in the Commonwealth Coast Conference to have received the Player of the Year award. They will join the Condors on their slim playoff hope chance run.

In the AHL this week, we have two D men getting on the goal scorers sheet, with highlights courtesy of the Condors twitter. The Condors are licking their collective chops as a couple of the Oilers prospects junior hockey seasons will come to an end this week.

Also, down in the highlights you have to check out Rattie and LaLeggia looking like Draisaitl and McDavid out there in OT this past Saturday night.

The Wichita Thunder have shifted away from Starrett it would seem. In his place Nicola Riopel has been starting, and playing well. Riopel was traded for in-season by the Condors and then assigned (loaned) to the ECHL after Montoya made it so that LB could slide back into the AHL.

Our CHL prospects continue to light it up. I got to bold almost the entire list of the players.


  • C Colin Larkin 1gp 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week; Signed as a free agent out of DIII Umass-Boston)
  • RD Logan Day 0gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week; Signed to a OTA out of DIII Endicott College)
  • LD Caleb Jones 44gp, 2-13-15 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 53p, 2-13-15 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 41gp, 3-7-10 (did not play this week; Currently injured)
  • RD Ethan Bear 34gp, 6-10-16 (did not play this week; in the NHL)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 37gp, 1-4-5 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • LD Ben Betker 31gp, 1-1-2 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • RD Eric Gryba 19gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 43gp, 2-10-12 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ty Rattie 52gp, 20-22-42 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 41gp, 6-15-21 (Did not play this week; Broke leg and likely done for the year)
  • L Joey Laleggia 54gp, 9-22-30 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • RC Josh Currie 54gp, 16-19-35 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 54gp, 9-8-17 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 45gp, 3-19-22 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 45gp, 13-14-27 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 46gp, 11-7-18 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)

Not sure how he didn’t get the assist here but solid move to the net by Gust

  • LC Joe Gambardella 36gp, 8-5-12 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 49gp, 5-7-12 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (In the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 32gp, 5-4-9 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 29gp, 5-8-13 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 45gp, 2-7-9 (did not play this week; suspended for 20 games)
  • 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 16gp, 2-2-4 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)

  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0 (in the NHL)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 18gp, 9-4-13 (in the NHL)
  • LR Pontus Aberg 4gp, 4-2-6 with Milwaukee (in the NHL)
  • G Nick Ellis 20gp, 3.23 .897 (did not play this week)
  • G Laurent Brossoit 17gp, 2.87 .906 (two games, a win and a loss 3GA)
  • G Shane Starrett 3gp, 3.71 .895 (did not play this week)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (Traded to Tampa Bay)
  • R Greg Chase 1gp, 0-0-0 (Traded to Springfield)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)


  • G Shane Starrett 33gp, 2.98 .913 (did not play this week)
  • G Nick Ellis 2gp, 2.75 .925 (called up to the AHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 20gp, 8-14-22 (in the AHL)
  • F Lane Bauer 56gp, 9-27-36 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (in the AHL)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 53gp, 12-16-28 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 45gp, 8-21-29 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 32gp, 8-9-17 (in the AHL)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (Traded to Florida)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 56gp, 8-3-11 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 44gp, 3-10-13 for Djurgardens (SHL) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 43gp, 1-2-3 for HPK (Sm-Liiga) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LHD William Lagesson 49gp, 1-12-13 for Djurgardens (SHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 59gp, 26-30-56 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (4gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 65gp, 40-49-89 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (4gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 58gp, 33-39-72 for Niagara (OHL) (3gp, 1-4-5 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 56gp, 29-31-62 for Vancouver (WHL) (4gp, 3-1-4 this week) – alumni of our Sponsor alert!
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 59gp, 10-21-30 for Guelph (OHL) (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 39gp, 21-41-62 for Spokane (WHL) (4gp, 2-2-4 this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 53gp, 2.61 .917 for Swift Current from Lethbridge (WHL) (three games, pulled in one, lost 6-3 in one and a one goal win in the third)
  • G Dylan Wells 54gp, 3.57 .898 for Peterborough (OHL) (three games, Peterborough is real bad. Wells is showing it.)


  • C Colin Larkin 27gp 24-22-46 for UMass-Boston DIII (signed to OTA with Condors)
  • RD Logan Day 26gp, 15-23-38 for Endicott College DIII (signed to OTA with Condors)
  • RC JD Dudek 33gp 6-11-17 for Boston College (2gp, 1-0-1 this week; traded for last week)
  • RC Tyler Vesel 36gp, 11-21-32 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • L Graham McPhee 35gp, 12-10-22 for Boston College (NCAA) (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • L Aidan Muir 27gp, 4-8-12 for Western Michigan (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 31gp, 4-11-15 for Boston College (NCAA) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 34gp, 0-11-11 for Providence (NCAA) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 26gp, 3-5-8 for Yale (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD John Marino 31gp, 2-13-15 for Harvard (NCAA) (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Matt Cairns 10gp, 1-0-1 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 52gp, 10-14-24 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (did not play this week)

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB


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Source: EliteProspects, Verified Twitter Account, 3/11/2018 – 12:00 pm MST

  • OriginalPouzar

    I think we should talk about Ostaf Safin signing his ELC this past week. The St. John season will be over after a couple more games and I’m wondering if he’ll join the Barons. Dylan Wells as well.

    Also, I’ll be very interested to see what the organization has planned for Safin for next year. Even though he’s playing in the CHL, as he was drafted to the NHL out of Europe before he was taken in the CHL import draft, he’ll be eligible for the AHL as a 19 year old next year and, in fact, his contract would slide (9/10 game rule).

    Unless the Sea Dogs vastly improve and get some talent in there, or trade Safin, I wonder if he spends next year in the AHL?

    • fasteddy

      I know you’re often talking about Safin, and I’ve never even seen him play, but there are 16 yr olds putting up numbers similar in major junior….suggesting he’s outgrown that level seems a little strong.

      • Oilers in NS

        Should be noted that Saifin is playing on a terrible team and putting up great numbers. He has a pro shot. I am going to game tomorrow night (storm pending) in Halifax to see him play against Mooseheads. I’ll let ya know how he looks. Halifax is rated in top 10

      • Oilers in NS

        Should be noted that Saifin is playing on a terrible team and putting up great numbers. He has a pro shot and plays off-wing. I’m going to game in Halifax tomorrow night (storm pending) and I’ll let ya know how he looks. Halifax is rated in top 10

    • OriginalPouzar

      Niagra is going to the playoffs – there is no rush.

      Also, he’s not eligible for the AHL next year so there really is no rush – they have over a year to get a deal done.

  • WheatiesHockey

    Oilers might find themselves some great depth prospects at the Memorial Cup and RBC Cup. Young guys ready to make the jump and perform at the highest level. Kids who maybe need a year of NCAA hockey or a short stint in the AHL before making the big jump to prime time. The Oilers can make a huge leap with some quality depth players next year. This year is another write off. The depth chart thingie needs to be addressed. Every coach in the league would love to have a Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl on their roster. Stay optimistic the future looks pretty good.