Oilers claim Colby Cave on waivers

The Oilers have dipped into the waiver wire yet again, this time claiming forward Colby Cave from the Boston Bruins.

Cave is an undrafted free agent who signed with the Bruins in April of 2015. Interestingly enough, signing Cave to a three-year entry-level deal was one of the last things Peter Chiarelli did was general manager of the Bruins before getting fired, so there’s obviously a level of familiarity with this player. He’s now in the first year of a two-year, two-way deal worth $675,000 annually.

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After three full seasons in the AHL, Cave is seeing his first real extended look at the NHL level this year. He played three games in an NHL cup of coffee last year and has played 20 games this year. Through 23 career NHL games, Cave has one goal and five points. Looking at Cave’s stats in the AHL and even in the WHL, he has never really been a big-time offensive producer. It seems his role is more as a depth player who can win faceoffs, play hard in the defensive zone, and kill penalties.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy spoke highly of Cave after a game in which he scored his first NHL goal back in December, suggesting his offensive game is coming around.

I’ve coached Colby in the minors before and seen him come up. He’s a terrific kid, team player all the way, will do whatever is asked of him,” Cassidy said. “He’s done a little more offensively in Providence this year and it’s translated here. He’s had a lot of good looks, not a ton but it’s usually once a game he gets a good look and this one gets in the back of the net.”

The Oilers are now over the 23-man roster limit. I imagine that Joe Gambardella, who doesn’t require waivers and is spending most of his time in the press box, will be sent back down to the AHL.

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***UPDATE*** According to Jason Gregor, it is Joe Gambardella that will be assigned back to Bakersfield.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2014-15 Providence Bruins AHL 1
2015-16 Providence Bruins AHL 75 13 16 29 27 -3
2016-17 Providence Bruins AHL 76 13 22 35 52 2
2017-18 Providence Bruins AHL 72 11 22 33 29 -1
2017-18 Boston Bruins NHL 3 2
2018-19 Providence Bruins* AHL 15 6 12 18 13 9
2018-19 Boston Bruins NHL 20 1 4 5 8 -1
NHL Totals 23 1 4 5 10

Source: Elliotte Friedman, Verified Twitter Account, 1/15/2018 – 10:02 am MST

  • Johnny Zylon

    I never heard of Colby Cave before today so I looked up his stats. Nothing too fantastic but I did notice his Plus/minus looked pretty decent. I know Plus/Minus stats have lost their place in the NHL stat world to Corsi and what-have -you but I think this is a no risk move. I would immediately bench the worse plus/minus stat player on the team…Brodziak…and replace him with Cave. Brodziak is easily the worst player on the Oilers and how he has not been in the press box for at least one game is a testament to how badly the Oiler management assess talent. I still do not understand why they picked him up. Obviously at the twilight of his no-highlight career, but hey…he made it to the NHL. I would also consider getting rid of Yak.2…(puljarvjia or whatever his name is). Would not break my heart to see him go. Trash me…

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      Brodziak I sorta get, but Jesse? The kid hasn’t been peoperly developed and is a wreck. I guarantee, if the Oilers did it right, he’d be more than worth the 4th overall selection.

      • Johnny Zylon

        Alex, You have a case about JP but seriously…have you seen any flashes of lightning from him? Something that says ‘ya baby…that is why he was the 4th overall pick”. I don’t recall a highlight reel moment form JP ever since he joined the team. you know…some of the stuff that can’t be coached, raw talent. I don’t watch every Oiler game but has he ever had a high reel moment? Ever? Why was he rated so high in the draft to begin with is starting to make me wonder.

  • NoBuBlackOPS

    Am I missing something how are the oilers able to claim a player on a 2 way contract? My understanding was a 2 way contract means your able to go between the NHL and the AHL without other teams being able to put in a claim.

  • Serious Gord

    Again an oilers org aquistion is someone with connections to that org. Heaven forbid this team do what teams like San Jose do – aquire talent based entirely on their abilities – not their connections.