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Oilers recall Brad Malone from Bakersfield

According to the Oilers’ Twitter account, the team has recalled Brad Malone from the Bakersfield Condors for his first NHL stint of the season. In 41 games with the Condors, Malone has amassed seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, which currently slots in him sixth in overall team scoring. 

With both Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Spooner being assigned to the Bakersfield Condors in the days before the bye week started, the Oilers needed to call someone up to fill out the roster and it was Brad Malone’s name that got pulled out of the hat. For the first time this season, Malone will get a chance to ply his craft and try to do what it takes to stick in the NHL. Actually, to me, recalling Malone makes perfect sense given his low $650,000 cap hit and ability to centre the fourth line, probably, as well as any of the other options available. Frankly, it makes a hell of a lot more sense having Malone in the lineup playing under 10 minutes per night or up in the press box than it does for a guy like Yamamoto or Marody. To me, this is the best possible option the Oilers have on their depth chart at this stage to fill in that 13th forward role or chip in with a few minutes here or there.

If we’re going to take Bob Nicholson at his word that the Oilers are finally going to get away from rushing their prospects into the league before they’re ready, then I have to say that the Brad Malone recall is a good start. One recall does not change the way things have gone around here over the past decade, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction and one that actually makes sense. Having Malone with the Oilers makes so much more sense at this stage because of where he’s at in his career. It won’t matter if he plays five minutes per night or not at all because he’s the type of utility player that can do enough to not embarrass himself when he’s on the ice, and leaving him out of any given lineup won’t hurt his development either. To me, Brad Malone makes sense given the role he’s likely to play. To me, this is a guy that can come into town and adequately fill a role when needed without having all kinds of pressure placed upon on him to produce. To me, this is the Oilers making the right choice with a recall even though it will be a minor transaction in the grand scheme of things. The trick will be to see if they keep this kind of thinking going over the long haul. What do you guys think?

During the 2017-18 season, Malone played in seven games with the Oilers and did not register a point.

MALONE’S SEASON SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 41 7 17 24 41 8
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL N/A
NHL Totals 183 13 17 30 194 6 0 0 0 2

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 1/31/2019 – 2:07 pm MT

 

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  • Canoe Ride 27

    Ah Ryan Spooner, not good enough for the big club and too expensive. Let’s all hope he finds his game and builds back some value. Not holding my breath though.

  • Hemmercules

    I take it this will be until Sekera does his conditioning stint and then they will swap them.

    Why haven’t they sent JP down? He needs it more than anyone. May as well keep Spooner up for now and let JP actually develop the right way.

    • BR

      I think Hitchcock still thinks he can put in more effort with JP to teach him about whats required in the NHL while he’s with the big club rather than in the AHL.

      I’d rather see JP down in the AHL for the rest of the year too. Bring up Gambardella or another Malone type. Keep the more top flight guys there for development

    • The older I get, the better I was...

      I was at the Detroit game and actually thought JP played fairly well. He is starting to use his body more and seemed to be more confident. Now it may be a bit of an illusion against many of the other Oilers who had seemed to give up that night, but I was pleasantly surprised by his play. Would he be better in the AHL? Probably, but I’m not feeling the same way about it as I was a couple of weeks ago.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    I dont really see any wow factor in the Malone call up, I gather Hitch wants some sand paaper in the line up o at least some compete and didnt think Spooner had any of it and Yamamoto was better served playing way moe in Bakersfield. I would be lying if I said I thought this long break will be a good thing for the Oilers, it will for McDavid because of all the minutes he has played, but the Oilers seem to come from a stretch off with the inability to show up when the game starts and are just plain terrible…

  • Spydyr

    The saddest part of this call-up?

    Malone is the best the Oilers system has to offer at this moment in time.

    It is a disgrace. The people in charge should be ashamed.

      • I do seriously think retaining these boneheads is going to finally bite them in the a*s. They will be lucky to attract medical staff (All have been fired at one time) Training staff Ditto. Puppet Gm’s Ditto, Head Coaches and staff Ditto, Octane Girls Ditto, virtually everyone has been held accountable except the bone heads who screwed it up in the first place yet they remain. They have 0 honor. Should have stepped down on their own years ago. Now it’s “there is something in the water” There sure is and it is called your own BS.

    • TKB2677

      No Malone is not the best the Oilers system has to offer. Yamo, Marody and Benson are better. BUT the team is actually do the right thing for once. All Malone is up for is to be an extra forward. Maybe he gets in for 6 mins once in a while, that’s it. What value does having any of the 3 young guys I listed up do for them? They need to play and play a lot. They tried Yamo, he does some good things and there is a player there but he’s not ready.

      I agree that the Oilers aren’t as deep as they should be but this move should be applauded because for once they are letting guys develop.

  • Oiler Al

    Reclusive owner,a CEO who never ran a REAL hockey team,temorary GM and a temporary coach..supported by dated and stale fruit hanging low to the ground, rotting away a once proud organization. An organization that shamefully has become the laugh of the league and sportsworld
    ,Entrapping a young athelete who worked haed all his life to be the best in the world,only to be on the worst set up ever in the history in the NHL.

    STOP AND THINK THE MESS THIS TEAM IS IN. SHAME ON YOU MR.kATZ

    • Rufio Barcoli

      Shame on you Oilers fans for supporting this kind of mediocrity and compete level during the Hall & Eberle Era.
      This is the bed you made, enjoy your deep sleep in it.

    • BobbyCanuck

      OMG, Oiler Al, I wish all of you would just wake up!

      The stench is not the Oiler Brass, it is the season ticket holders whom refuse to tell the Oilers that they suck, and will not renew until a somewhat capable of winning team is iced, each and every game.

      Burger Bob says we need a GM that fits into the Oiler culture, and not ONe journalist has the guts to ask him. ‘Please define what you mean by Oiler Culture?’

      What does Oiler culture mean to me? Nepotism, favouritism, Zero strategic vision for the on ice product…not going to get far as anorganization with a culture like that

      If Conner did not want to land with the Oilers, he should have played badly in his last season of Junior. But the first overall gets $3.5M/yr (I think according to tehCBA). SO he wants to be first overall to get the big signing money. Which automatically means he will be on the worst team in the NHL, look how long it took Mario/Sid to turn the Pens around, they did not whine for a trade, and neither will Connor

  • KootenayDan

    I hate trolls. The negativity sometimes is hard to handle. I guess that is their goal to make people feel bad. I still love my team despite years of mediocrity and that is being kind. I still have hope and have no choice but to believe that Nicholson can make the right call on the next GM. Nice to see Malone get called up he will give everything he has and effort has been short in supply on the 3rd and 4th lines. There are 32 games remaining and loved what Connor said about proving people wrong. I am cheering our Oilers on and will hope for the best.

  • Kelly Youngblood

    Klefbom suffers setback in practice. If he’s out AGAIN the Oilers are peddling a lottery pick at the draft. He’s too fragile. Another Martin Havlat.

    • 50 Flex

      Yeah, a real defensemen doesn’t get hurt when a vulcanized piece of rubber hits him directly in in the finger going north of 70km/hr. A real defensemen would make the conscious decision to have his finger not break on impact. He would then proceed to tell the medical staff they are not a real doctors when asked if his hand is injured, promptly followed by him informing Hitchcock that he will be deciding his own ice time for the rest of the evening.

  • Moneyball

    Reading those stories about how Ryan mcdonaugh was on the table for the 4th round pick and now looking at how pathetic that 4th pick player turned out is depressing. Can we just trade puljujarvi now already? We really don’t need another third line grinder that can’t score, I’d be happy with a late first round pick for him at this stage.