Oilers Prospect Update: Ostap Safin Returns

For the first time since November 25th, Ostap Safin suited up for the Halifax Mooseheads in game action. He finished the night with two PIMs and three shots on net. Good to see him getting over the mysterious injury that has had multiple setbacks and issues with it.

The Condors had a huge offensive week, as well as some European options. Olivier Rodrigue was banged up this week and is dealing with a groin injury.

Oilers depth look – Tyler Yaremchuk had a look at the bottom six forward in Edmonton this year and how they will shape up next season.

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Let’s have a look at the rest of the system.

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  • C Joseph Gambardella 47gp, 27-17-44 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 4gp, 2-2-4 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 26gp, 10-7-17 (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • C Tyler Vesel 46gp, 4-10-14 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 41gp, 8-9-17 (2gp, 3-1-4 this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 8gp, 0-1-1 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Mitch Callahan 49gp, 11-9-20 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 56gp, 11-39-50 (3gp, 2-2-4 this week)
  • L Brad Malone 41gp, 7-17-24 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Josh Currie 49gp, 24-13-37 (in the NHL this week)
  • C Cooper Marody 46gp, 14-34-48 (3gp, 1-4-5 this week)

  • C Cameron Hebig 54gp, 11-12-23 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 38gp, 5-2-7 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R David Gust 47gp, 15-12-27 (3gp, 1-3-4 this week)
  • R John McFarland 9gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • C Luke Esposito 52gp, 3-15-18 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 47gp, 17-19-36 (3gp, 3-3-6 this week)
  • R Ryan Spooner 7gp, 2-4-6 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Colby Cave 15gp, 6-12-18 for Providence Bruins (AHL) (in the NHL this week) 
  • RC Sam Gagner 43gp, 12-25-37 for Toronto Marlies (AHL) (in the NHL this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 1gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week) 
  • LD Kevin Gravel 5gp, 0-1-1 (In the NHL this week)
  • LD Caleb Jones 38gp, 5-18-23 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 55gp, 0-17-17 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 51gp, 5-13-18 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Logan Day 52gp, 6-25-31 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 43gp, 2-22-24 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD William Lagesson 55gp, 6-18-24 (3gp, 2-1-3 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 24gp, 2-4-6 (did not play this week)
  • LD Brandon Manning 4gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Al Montoya 11gp, 3.09 .879 (did not play this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 6gp, 2.99, .879 (1 game, 4-1 L with 18 saves)
  • G Shane Starrett 33gp, 2.21 .922 (2 games, 8-4 W with 33 saves and 7-1 W with 27 saves)
  • G Dylan Wells 9gp, 3.01 .902 (did not play this week)
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  • C Colin Larkin 38gp, 2-10-12 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • R Ryan Van Stralen 47gp, 6-8-14 (3gp, 3-0-3 this week)
  • R John McFarland 10gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 32gp, 3-7-10 (did not play this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 39gp, 1-15-16 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin 46gp, 1-5-6 (3gp, 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 22gp, 3.04 .912 (3 games, 4-1 L with 20 saves, 4-2 W with 34 saves and 6-5 OTW with 44 saves)
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 1.99 .963 (in the AHL this week)


  • C Bogdan Yakimov 18gp, 4-8-12 for Severstal Cherepovets and 32gp, 1-3-4 for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avangard Omsk (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 41gp, 17-22-39 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) (1gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 56gp, 15-10-25 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 49gp, 1-4-5 for HPK (Liiga) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • RD Filip Berglund 44gp, 2-7-9 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Joel Persson 50gp, 6-25-31 for Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL) (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • D Robin Norell 50gp, 1-5-6 for Djurgardens IF (SHL) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)


  • C Ryan McLeod 27gp, 6-17-23 for Saginaw Spirit and 32gp, 12-26-38 Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • C Ostap Safin 11gp, 2-7-9 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Kirill Maksimov 61gp, 39-39-78 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) (3gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 56gp, 9-34-43 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (3gp, 2-3-5 this week)
  • RD Evan Bouchard 42gp, 13-36-49 for London Knights (OHL) (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • G Olivier Rodrigue 48gp, 2.41 .903 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (1 game, 3-2 L with 21 saves)
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  • L Graham McPhee 29gp, 3-6-9 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Joey Dudek 31gp, 6-4-10 for Boston College (NCAA) (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • C Aapeli Rasanen 32gp, 5-2-7 for Boston College (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 52gp, 13-31-44 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (did not play this week)
  • LD Matthew Cairns 25gp, 2-2-4 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD John Marino 29gp, 3-8-11 for Harvard (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD Michael Kesselring 22gp, 5-9-14 for Fargo Force (USHL) and 33gp, 2-10-12 for Des Moines Buccaneers (3gp, 2-0-2 this week)

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  • RD Vincent Desharnais 36gp, 4-7-11 for Providence (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 28gp, 3-5-8 for Yale (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Hayden Hawkey 35gp, 1.77 .923 for Providence (NCAA) (1 game, 3-1 W with 29 saves)

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

    • Arfguy

      I am very curious, as well. Don’t ask me why, but I got a gut feeling about Maksimov. I think a season in the AHL and he’ll be ready for the NHL and be a good contributor. I see him as a consistent 25 goal scoring, Joe Pavelski-esque player. Not great foot speed, but a nose for the net with good hands.

      • OriginalPouzar

        What’s important to remember about Maksimov is that he’s not just an offence-only player – he’s got a solid 2-way game, he’s a plus penalty killer and he does have a mean streak.

        He is far from a sure bet to ever make the NHL, miles to go, however, if he does, he will score some goals with that shot of his – would be the best shot of an Oiler forward since Arnott.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      I like to look here and see what has been accomplished (statistically) but I love the perspective OP brings to this page. I don’t read much here anymore but this is one of my go-to reads every week and it owes a large part of that credit to OP.

      Thanks OP! (and nice acknowledgement obc)

  • toprightcorner

    Oilers need to stay clear of Boston College, all the prospects that play there are barely treading water. A key to drafting a kid who is planning to go to college is make sure it is a good development team because they can determine their future career.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      Many have attributed that to the coaching change this year. I’d be inclined to offer these kids 2 year deals and see what their games turn into down in the AHL. The stupid play is just walking away. Some games translate better to the pros.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      Many have attributed that to the coaching change this year. I’d be inclined to offer these kids 2 year deals and see what their games turn into down in the AHL. The stupid play is just walking away. Some games translate better to the pros.

      • OriginalPouzar

        Whoa, not quite yet – Rasanen has two more years of college eligibility I believe and McPhee at least one. These players are on long term development paths – I do not think they should be (nor will be) signed out of college early.

  • toprightcorner

    Yamamoto is figuring it out. He could be close to a point a game by season’s end. Great to see him finding the twine too.

    Can’t wait to see him and Benson dominate the AHL next season, along with Bouchard.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Willie Lagesson finally starting to get some love for the community – he is going to be a fan favorite in Edmonton – a “new age” defensive d-man – big and mean and, 100% and defence first guy, but, at the same time, a good skater and solid puck mover. I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed those attributes in Penticton a few year’s back and his development is right on track.

    He’s one of those players that I think may produce a bit more offence at the NHL level due to better talent surround him – I don’t expect his crazy boxcar spike to continue but he isn’t a “no-offence” guy.

    He will compete with Jones for a spot on the team next year – they’ve both played the right side as well (Jones way more than Willie though).

    Can’t have them both break camp with the team – one will be fantastic injury cover.

      • OriginalPouzar

        Oh, yes, as i indicated, a “new age” defensive d-man who can skate and move the puck.

        While, yes, the team needs a legit 2RD in replacement of Russell, lets not get too far ahead of ourselves – Lagesson, Jones, Bear, Persson will be battling for the 3rd pairing spot next season – it would be a mistake to project any of them above there for next season (or ever for that fact – Bouch and Jones with the best chance to be top 4 guys).

  • OriginalPouzar

    Can’t say much more about Shane Starrett – he’s now leading the AHL in GAA and tied for the lead in save percentage. Truth be told, the Condors spend so much time in the offensive zone, they don’t defend much but Starret is indeed full value for his stats – he’s so solid the last few months, weak goals have been very rare and, of course, he comes up with 5-bell saves and the saves when they need them.

    Its too bad the big club likely needs a more established back-up because Koskinen is still a big unknown as a starter but I look for Starrett to compete hard at camp next year.

  • OriginalPouzar

    With Niagara being see stacked offensively, Makismov has had his top line opportunities reduced a bit which is part of the reason he’s slowed down a bit offensively (still got 40 goals but 50 was looking realistic for a bit). What is awesome is he truly is more than an offensive player, he’s got a solid 2-way game and is a top PK guy for Niagara. He’s pro ready according to SPR, who gets to watch him much more than me, and I can’t wait to see how he looks as a rookie pro in Bakersfield next year.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Samorukov had his 9 game point streak snapped today as Guelph lost at home to Kitchner.

    He had 5 goals and 16 points in those 9 games and was a whopping +21 during the streak.

    He’s not even an “offensive guy” – more of a 2-way guy that can be mean and nasty in the defensive zone but is a great skater and likes to rush the puck and join the offence.

    Brock Otten tweeted that he’s been the best d-man in the OHL in the second half and we know how great he was at the Worlds.

    Can’t wait from him to be in Bakersfield next year.

    • OriginalPouzar

      Well, lets not quite go that far as Bouchard is still the highly dominant offensive player with 49 points in 42 games vs 43 ponts in 57 games for Samorukov.

      One difference is Samorukov is draft plus 2 whereas Bouchard is draft plus 1 – although they are both turning pro next year and Samorukov is only 4 months older.

  • harborman

    There are 31 teams in the AHL and Bakersfield have given up the fewest goals against (146 in 56 games). Only Syracuse, which is leading the North division is probably better (150 in 60 games). This says alot to how good this team is and the all around commitment to defense. OP , any update as to whether Logan Day may be NHL potential in the future?

    • OriginalPouzar

      I don’t see Logan Day ever having an NHL career. Don’t get me wrong, he is a plus offensive player at the AHL level – he’s putting up numbers not seen on an Oilers affiliate by a d-man.

      At the same time, he does have significant issue when the puck is not on his stick. He has made large strides in that area throughout the year as he was an absolute tire fire without the puck in the first half of the year. He has shown large improvements but still has a ways to go. Lets not forget, he turns 25 before next season starts.

      He does look to be earning himself an NHL contact (he’s just on an AHL deal now), however, roster spots are going to be pretty jammed next year with no material roster movement – Petrovic and Gravel will be gone (UFAs) but Bouchard, Samorukov, Persson and maybe Berglund will be coming.

      • bwar

        It will be interesting to see who the defensemen on the Condors are next season. I have a hard time justifying spots for Keegan Lowe and Ryan Stanton with all the new prospects coming in.

        • OriginalPouzar

          Lowe is under contract so he will be on the team and that is a good thing – it can’t be all 1st/2nd/3rd year pros on the back-end.

          Stanton is a UFA so he wont’ be re-signed – he may very well be replaced in the 2nd “veteran role” by Brandon Manning who is under contract.

          Truth be told, a second veteran in the lineup would/will be a good thing but playing time will be sparce. One of the following will be in the NHL and the rest starting the year in the AHL (Jones, Lagesson, Bear, Bouchard, Persson, Samorukov).

          This doesn’t take in to account Logan Day who, while a distant bell to ever play an NHL game, has earned an NHL contract (currently on an AHL only deal) of Filip Berglund who the organization wants to bring over from Sweden (and he wants to come – still needs to sign though).

  • OilTastic

    man, why do our Euro and college prospects seem look like they suck for the most part? and man, Ryan McLeod might be doing OK in junior, but did anyone notice the guy we didn’t pick that the Isles took right after, RD Bode Wilde is tearing it up in Saginaw with 68 points in 58 games, including 19 goals? hope us passing on him doesn’t come back and bite us in the ass in a few years !

    • harborman

      Saw on Ryan Holt’s twitter feed (Condors announcer) that according to Jay Woodcroft, ” Kailer took a hit last night and as a precaution we’re holding him out tonight “. Hopefully nothing serious.