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Photo Credit: BakersfieldCondors.com

Edmonton Oilers sign Josh Currie to a two-year contract

The Oilers continued with their offseason housekeeping today as they signed their AHL’s leading scorer, Josh Currie, to a two-year contract. 

Though the Josh Currie signing is likely to be just another a depth signing, his story is certainly interesting and you can’t help but feel happy for the guy that he was finally able to sign an NHL deal. In his last year in junior, Currie shot the lights out, scoring 104 points (49 goals, 55 assists) in 68 games with the Prince Edward Island Rocket he captained but still went unnoticed. Despite the successful fourth season in the QMJHL, Currie went undrafted and had to work his way up through the pro ranks, something he’s been able to do at every level so far. After spending three years in the ECHL with three different teams, Currie made his next jump to the AHL level after being a late-season pickup by the Bakersfield Condors where he has spent the past three seasons.

During the 2017-18 season, Currie led the Bakersfield Condors in scoring after putting up 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 68 games. To this point in his career, the 5’11’ right-winger has posted 106 points (52G, 54A), 129 PIMs and a +7 rating in 188 games with the Condors. As of this posting, no details on the money side of his contract have been released but I’ll be sure to update things as details come out.

WHO IS JOSH CURRIE?

Considering we could likely all use a refresher on players like Currie that we don’t get a chance to see every day, I thought it would be a good idea to dive into the Internet machine to find out a little bit more about him.

After last season finished, the Bakersfield Condors put together a few fun facts about Currie that I thought was worth sharing.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT HIS SEASON:

  1. Became the first Condor to score 20 goals in a season with the team twice in the AHL era.
  2. Led the team in scoring with 46 points (20g-26a) in 68 games
  3. Paced the team’s special teams with 10 power-play goals
  4. Registered two hat tricks, bringing him to four hat tricks in the past two seasons
  5. Moved into 7th on the Condors all-time games played list with 259 games played and is top 10 in both goals (8th – 66) and points (t-8th)

THE WRAP…

After digging into his story, it’s hard not to cheer for a guy like Josh Currie who will be pushing for an NHL job for the first time in his career. The guy has basically had to scratch and claw his way into every opportunity he’s ever had in hockey and that’s the kind of determination that you have to respect regardless of what happens with him and the Oilers. While it may seem like a longshot that he ends up playing games for the Oilers, you don’t want to doubt him either because he’s been exceeding expectations basically his entire career.

Not to mention, the Oilers don’t exactly have a whole lot of proven options on the right side and that could provide Currie with the window he needs to break through? Maybe? At the end of the day, the worst that can happen with this signing is that the Condors get their leading scorer back and Currie probably gets a bump in pay. It may seem like a longshot that he cracks the NHL lineup, but based on his story, I’ll be one guy that’s pulling for him to keep moving forward. Congrats on the new deal, Josh!

What do you guys think?

CURRIE’S PRO CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2013-14 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 70 15 16 31 41 -21
2014-15 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 71 14 28 42 49 -20
2015-16 Norfolk Admirals ECHL 13 6 6 12 8 -3
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 53 10 14 24 49 8
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 67 22 14 36 28 -4
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 20 26 46 52 3

Source: Jason Gregor, Verified Twitter Account, 7/18/2018 – 1:02 pm MST

  • Glencontrolurstik

    Maybe Alex Burrowsesk?
    It surly wouldn’t hurt to have Alex Burrows (in his prime, of course) on that right wing.
    It’s just what the Oilers need now. A right winger with some intensity…
    Burrows was also undrafted & had to prove himself. Unfortunately he will be remembered for the stupid stuff he did…
    However, we all remember all of his timely game winners in the playoffs… There are some gems that are undrafted.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    I wish Josh Currie well, but it’s hard to overly excited about 46 points in 68 games. Somewhat ironically, this isn’t the first “Currie” who’s put up good numbers on an Oilers’ NHL farm team.

    In the early 1990s (right through the Dark Ages), Dan Currie was a big burly LW who had seasons of 29, 36, 47, 50 and 57 goals before he left the organization . Played a grand total of 22 games in the NHL (Edmonton and LA) and tallied 2-1-3. Bounced around the I-League and Europe for the rest of the 1990s and, again somewhat ironically, even had a two-season stint with the Bakersfield Condors when they were in the WCHL – which a hockey-playing buddy of mine said was nicknamed the Captain Nemo League because it was 20,000 Leagues Beneath the NHL.

    Anyway, none of that has anything to do with Josh Currie. But as soon as I heard he was re-signed, it did make me think of Dan Currie and the challenge many AHLers face. Dan Currie couldn’t escape the AHL despite two 50-goal seasons and a parent club that was bottoming out. Let’s hope Josh Currie finds a better fate.

    • ubermiguel

      Although it’s only based on surname, that’s actually a very enlightening comparison. With 50 NHL contracts not every one of them will become regulars on the big club. Still, we can hope he excels and feel good about a guy making a living playing the greatest sport in the world for a couple of years at least.