The fabulous five as they will no doubt be dubbed going forward, the Bakersfield Condors announced today via Twitter that they have signed three Condors from last year, and two ECHL regulars.
You may remember the names Christoffer, Polei and Day from my Edmonton Oilers Prospect Update each week. Each of them spending some time with the AHL affiliate last year. You may be less acquainted with the “all-name” duo of Van Stralen and Crevier-Morin. Let’s take a look at who we added.
LW – Braden Christoffer (2017-18 Bakersfield: 63gp, 6-9-15):
Hockeysfuture.com has this to say about him:
Christoffer is a throwback type player who plays on the edge at times but has a significant set of offensive skills. He plays bigger than his size and will not back down from anyone. Christoffer creates most of his points by doing the hard jobs like going into tight spaces or driving to the net and is a ferocious forechecker. A native of Sherwood Park, he earned an entry-level contract with the hometown Oilers after an impressive training camp in 2015. He will need time at the minor level to adjust to pro hockey but could provide the type of sandpaper game that some feel has been lacking in Edmonton.
After a season of 15 points in 63 games, to go along with his team-leading 93 PIMs, the local boy (who walked on in 2015) gets himself another year in the system.
D – Evan Polei (2017-18 Bakersfield: 30gp, 4-5-9 ; Wichita: 32gp 8-9-17)
Cult of Hockey writer, Bruce McCurdy had this say about Polei after watching him play in the dub last year.
At 6’1, 228 lbs, Polei’s size is a plus, but one wonders about the skill component. In this his fourth year in the WHL he surged from 16 goals to 33 and from 30 points to 62, but those are far from dominant numbers from a player of his age, size, and experience. His 104 PiM and rambunctious style of play will surely earn him a pro tryout somewhere, but where?
Polei made the move to the AHL mid-season last year and will look to continue the trend up with the new deal.
D – Logan Day (2017-18 Bakersfield: Logan Day 6gp, 2-0-2 ; Endicott (NCAA): 26gp, 15-23-38)
After finishing the season with Endicott College, the Oilers signed Logan Day to an ATO with the Condors and he played out the remainder of the AHL season with Bakersfield. He was even able to snipe a pair of goals in his six games, highlights of one right here:
RW – Ryan Van Stralen (2017-18 Wichita: 16gp, 8-7-15 ; Carleton (USport): 25gp, 11-8-19)
The 24-year-old started out the year playing his fourth year with Carleton University of the Canadian university circuit where he was just shy of being a point-per-game player. He then signed with the Wichita Thunder with an ECHL-only contract.
At the time of the signing, the Thunder press release had this to say about him:
A native of Prescott, Ontario, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound forward played in 97 career games for the Ravens, recording 93 points (48g, 45a) and 226 penalty minutes. He was a teammate of current Thunder defenseman, Etienne Boutet, on Team Canada last February at the International University Sports Federation Tournament and helped them collect a bronze medal.
D – Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin (2017-18 Wichita: 68gp, 2-17-19)
A physical D-man that Wichita was excited to add this season, Crevier-Morin had 19 points on the year to go along with his 70 PIMs. Along with Polei he was a willing combatant on the Thunder
At the end of the day these AHL signings are just that, players to fill a roster out and possibly fill a roster spot in a huge pinch on the big squad.
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