Oilers Prospect Update: Condors keep soaring

The Condors have continued their torrid pace of a week ago and find themselves in second place in their division, three back of the Barracudas.

Huge thanks going out to Elite Prospects for providing us with one of their premium accounts.

Onto the news:

Yamamoto and Spooner sent down – The Waiver wire earlier in the week for Spooner was the sign that this was happening.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Peter Chiarelli fired – The GM of the Edmonton Oilers was fired.

Caleb Jones sent down – After starring with the Oilers in his first taste of the NHL.

Rattie and Spooner waived – The wild week started out with this strange move.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below


  • C Joseph Gambardella 35gp, 19-13-32 (4gp, 4-2-6 this week)

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 4gp, 2-2-4 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 11gp, 4-4-8 (did not play this week) RETURNED TO THE AHL
  • C Tyler Vesel 35gp, 3-8-11 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 30gp, 3-7-10 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 6gp, 0-1-1 (did not play this week)
  • R Mitch Callahan 35gp, 10-3-13 (4gp, 3-0-3 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 38gp, 5-29-34 (4gp, 0-5-5 this week)
  • L Brad Malone 41gp, 7-17-24 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Josh Currie 42gp, 19-10-29 (4gp, 3-2-5 this week)
  • C Cooper Marody 32gp, 9-23-32 (4gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 42gp, 10-12-22 (4gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 30gp, 4-2-6 (did not play this week)
  • R David Gust 34gp, 11-7-18 (4gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • R John McFarland 9gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • C Luke Esposito 39gp, 2-6-8 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 33gp, 10-14-24 (4gp, 3-2-5 this week)
  • R Ryan Spooner 2gp, 1-0-1 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • C Colby Cave 15gp, 6-12-18 for Providence Bruins (AHL) (in the NHL this week) 
  • LD Kevin Gravel 5gp, 0-1-1 (In the NHL this week)
  • LD Caleb Jones 24gp, 3-12-15 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week) RETURNED TO THE AHL
  • LD Keegan Lowe 41gp, 0-12-12 (4gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 40gp, 4-10-14 (4gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • RD Logan Day 40gp, 5-25-30 (4gp, 0-5-5 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 37gp, 2-17-19 (4gp, 2-2-4 this week)
  • LD William Lagesson 41gp, 3-10-13 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Jeremy Beaudry 1gp, 0-0-0 (released from PTO)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 0gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 22gp, 2-3-5 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Al Montoya 11gp, 3.09 .879 (did not play this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 4gp, 3.25, .879 (1 game, 6-5 W with 33 saves)
  • G Shane Starrett 21gp, 2.43 .914 (3 games, 7-2 W with 27 saves, 3-1 W with 30 saves and 3-1 W with 31 saves)

  • G Dylan Wells 9gp, 3.01 .902 (did not play this week)
Edmonton Oilers Ethan Bear and Patrick Russell skate at Rogers Place


  • C Colin Larkin 24gp, 1-7-8 (4gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ryan Van Stralen 32gp, 2-7-9 (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R John McFarland 10gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 25gp, 3-5-8 (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 24gp, 1-8-9 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin 28gp, 1-4-5 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 2gp, 0-1-1 (in the AHL this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 30gp, 3.20 .906 (did not play this week)
  • G Dylan Wells 14gp, 2.78 .915 (1 game, 3-2 W with 34 saves)
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 1.99 .963 (in the AHL this week)


  • C Bogdan Yakimov 10gp, 2-5-7 for Severstal Cherepovets and 32gp, 1-3-4 for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avangard Omsk (KHL) (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 40gp, 16-21-37 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) (did not play this week)
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 47gp, 12-5-17 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 35gp, 0-3-3 for HPK (Liiga) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Filip Berglund 36gp, 2-7-9 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Joel Persson 35gp, 4-18-22 for Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • D Robin Norell 36gp, 1-5-6 for Djurgardens IF (SHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)


  • C Ryan McLeod 9gp, 2-6-8 for Saginaw Spirit and 32gp, 12-26-38 Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • C Ostap Safin 10gp, 2-7-9 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (did not play this week) Injured
  • L Kirill Maksimov 43gp, 30-31-61 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) (3gp, 2-0-2 this week)

  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 39gp, 4-20-24 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • RD Evan Bouchard 22gp, 8-21-29 for London Knights (OHL) (3gp, 2-2-4 this week) 
  • G Olivier Rodrigue 36gp, 2.46 .902 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (1 game, 3-2 L with 25 saves)
Morning Coffee: NHLPA nearing tricky full-member vote on Return to Play and Collective Bargaining Agreement


  • L Graham McPhee 23gp, 1-5-6 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Joey Dudek 23gp, 4-1-5 for Boston College (NCAA) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • C Aapeli Rasanen 21gp, 2-2-4 for Boston College (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 45gp, 11-25-36 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (5gp, 1-4-5 this week)

  • LD Matthew Cairns 16gp, 1-2-3 for Cornell (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD John Marino 19gp, 2-2-4 for Harvard (NCAA) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RD Michael Kesselring 7gp, 1-2-3 for Fargo Force (USHL) and 33gp, 2-10-12 for Des Moines Buccaneers (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Vincent Desharnais 26gp, 2-6-8 for Providence (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 17gp, 2-3-5 for Yale (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Hayden Hawkey 25gp, 1.96 .912 for Providence (NCAA) (2 games, 3-0 W with 34 saves and 4-1 W with 19 saves)

Source: EliteProspects, Verified Twitter Account, 01/04/2019 – 12:00 am MST

  • Arfguy

    LOL…it’s starting to look like Jay Woodcroft might be a better answer as the coach for the Oilers than Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock = one of the most overrated coaches in NHL history.

  • Randaman

    You do realize that one has nothing to do with the other? AHL < NHL? When you trash one of the winningest coaches in NHL history, you don’t really come off as smart

    • OriginalPouzar

      Logan Day is quite good with the puck – good puck mover with solid offensive instincts. While he has improved this season, he is a tire fire without the puck – like a HUGE work in progress.

      He may be earning himself an NHL contract in the spring (he’s currently on an AHL deal) but just looking at his box-cars don’t give a complete picture of this player.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Although I’m not sure he’ll ever be an NHL option, I think we need to mention Currie scoring goals in 7 straight games – that Benson/Marody/Currie line was unreal in January.

    I watched quite a bit and they were full value for their stats – tons of o-zone pressure, shift after shift.

    • Hockeytalkguy

      @OriginalPouzar……I know your up on this kind of stuff so I figured i would ask you. Everyone keeps talking about the oil buying out contracts, but I thought an NHL team is only allowed 3 buyouts throughout the length of the CBA, not counting the compliance buyouts that had to be used by 2015. So my question is, do the oil only have room to buyout one more contract with Pouliot & Gryba on the books?

      • OriginalPouzar

        I think you are mixing up buyouts with retained salary transactions. I can check to confirm but I don’t think there is a limit on regular course buyouts but a team can only have 3 retained salary/cap transactions on the books.

        • Hockeytalkguy

          @Original….Thanks, I was reading the CBA buyout clauses, but it is pretty difficult to understand & interpret. So when you say mixing up buyouts with retained salary transactions are you saying Pouliot & Gryba are not buyouts? My goodness I am confused!

          • Mike Modano's Dog

            Hi Hockeytalkguy, I know you were asking OP but I may be able to help here, if that’s alright.

            The reason I believe he said you were mixing up buyouts and retained salary is because you are only allowed to retain up to 3 retained salaries through trades at one time because there is no limit on the number of buyouts you may have at one time – you just get closer to the salary cap with every buyout you make as they do add up.

            Both Pouliot and Gryba are buyouts…which there is no actual limit on.

            Hope that helps!

          • OriginalPouzar

            Sorry, I missed this response.

            Pouliot and Gryba are buy-outs – they were bought out of their contracts and became unrestricted free agents – their contracts are over. While their contracts are gone, the team still has a certain amount on the cap in connection therewith. There is no restriction on the number of buyouts.

            This is a separate concept from trading a player but retaining part of the salary and cap hit. For example, when NYR traded Spooner to Edmonton – they retained $900K of his $4M contract so the Oilers have a $3.1M cap hit and the Rangers a $900K cap hit. This is a “retained salary transaction” for the Rangers and there can only be three of those on the books at one time.