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Oilers place Brad Malone on waivers

According to the Oilers’ official Twitter account, the team has placed Brad Malone on waivers this morning. Should Malone clear, he will make his way back to the Bakersfield Condors.

A couple of months ago, the Oilers moved both Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Spooner down to Bakersfield and needed to bring up someone to fill the void, and, to me, Brad Malone was the perfect candidate to handle the role. He’s a guy that can play on your fourth line, not embarrass himself when he’s out there, and it didn’t really matter all that much if he sat in the press box from time to time because it’s not like he’ll likely be in the longterm plans anyway. As the games played out, Malone found himself playing less and less and actually getting passed on the depth (and opportunity) chart by players like Joseph Gambardella, which makes today’s waiver news not all that surprising.

Assuming he clears, Malone will be heading back to Bakersfield to rejoin the Condors for their playoff run and provide some veteran leadership for a young group that is destined for its first playoff appearance. What will be interesting to see is how Condors’ coach Jay Woodcroft utilizes Malone upon his return to Bakersfield considering how well the team has played of late. We know that Woodcroft isn’t afraid to sit veteran players as we’re seeing with Brandon Manning who has only played in six games since being waived back in mid-February. Malone is now in his second season with the Oilers organization after signing as a free agent.

In 13 games played in Edmonton this season, Brad Malone has averaged 8:41 TOI and produced 12 shots on goal, 23 hits, and a -1 rating. In 41 games with the Condors, Malone has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, which currently slots in him 13th in overall team scoring.

MALONE’S OILERS CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 56 13 20 33 49 -9
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 0 0 6 0
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors* AHL 41 7 17 24 41 8
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 0 0 0 -1
NHL Totals 196 13 17 30 194

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 3/27/2019 – 10:07 am MT

  • TKB2677

    Took them long enough. My hope for the team moving forward is guys like Brad Malone, older AHLers who are what they are and offer nothing to the NHL team will no longer be needed.

    • Burns14

      You cannot have an AHL team without guys like these. Guys who show the kids what day in and day out as a pro looks like. Also works in a pinch to call up, when the injury bug strikes and your kids aren’t ready.

      • TKB2677

        I understand that but how many of those AHL vets do you need? They had Malone, Callahan, Stanton, Lowe, Currie spend 6 years in the minors, parts of 4 in the AHL. Patrick Russell has been there for 3 seasons. Those are just the guys that have some kind of an NHL contract. That doesn’t include straight up AHLers.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Yeah, as crappy at 99% of everything Chia, it’s definately time to move forward… I’m finding that forgetting the Chia moves, and not dwelling on them, is showing me that there is a pretty good future for this team.
      Hopefully, a strong GM will cause good things to happen and keep the Head-Office’s hand out of the operations… I know “trainwreck”, go ahead,… you can’t help it. But I have to believe good things will come, with a strong GM. Considering that this is the first interview process for a GM in Oiler history, I have to feel good as a fan, until we are proven otherwise…