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Oilers recall Joseph Gambardella

This afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers announced that they have recalled Joseph Gambardella from the Bakersfield Condors.

How much do I love the Oilers? Well, I’m taking a break from my Vegas vacation with the Nation to tell all of you that our favourite hockey squadron has recalled Joseph Gambardella from the Condors for the second time this season. In 48 games played with the Condors, he amassed 27 goals and 18 assists for 45 points.  In his first recall, Gambardella got into four games with the Oilers and averaged 5:49 TOI with no shots on goal, one blocked shot, and one hit. The native of Staten Island, New York, joined the Oilers as an undrafted free agent in March of 2017 after spending three years at UMass-Lowell.

What’s unclear is why the Oilers chose to recall Gambardella now. The team didn’t make any other roster announcements, nor have they added anyone to the injured reserve so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next. All I know for sure is that the Bakersfield Condors are prepping for their playoff run and you’d have to think more news is coming if the Oilers chose to make this recall now. What I’ll be curious to see is whether or not Gambardella is used more than he was in his first stint with the Oilers, but I wouldn’t necessary expect it, ya know?

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Gambardella’s Season So Far

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers* NHL 4 -1
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 48 27 18 45 19 19
NHL Totals 4
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Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 3:30 pm MT – 3/15/2019

  • macinmillwoods

    Actually i’ve been thinking for about the last 5 games it’s time to switch out Malone for Gambardella. He deserves another look more than anyone on the Condors. With all due respect to Marody and Benson I think they need to stay in Bakersfield to be leaders there.

  • OriginalPouzar

    If they were going to call any forward up, Joe G. was the right call. He had a tough rookie year last year, really struggled to find his offensive game, however he has taken some huge strides this year and, although he’s quite a bit more “mature” than the rest of the young leaders, has put himself in the conversation for an NHL career. He has improved his skating materially and is a plus forchecker at the AHL level, solid on the PK and responsible all over the ice.

    He has 27 goals and the AHL leader has 30 – there are 6-7 people in between but he has played less games than all the others he’s tied at 27 with (5 of them).

    I don’t expect his offence to translate to the NHL but the rest of his 2-way game, in particular the tenacious forcheck, could.

    Here is hoping he gets a look in the middle six with a solid 12 plus minutes of 5 on 5 ice.

    Malone should be re-assigned (should have been when Khaira came back – we don’t need a 24 man roster, 25 now unless there is a re-assignment – no roster limit after the deadline).

    They only have one non-emergency call-up left.