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NHL Notebook: Bakersfield Condors forward Seth Griffith named to AHL All-Star Game, Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner a potential Calder Trophy winner and more

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Zach Laing
20 days ago
Bakersfield Condors forward Seth Griffith has been named to the American Hockey League’s All-Star Game.
The 30-year-old has appeared in 31 games this year for the Condors scoring nine goals and 27 points. This marks his second trip to the game previously attending in 2016.
Last year, Griffith set a Condors record scoring 30 goals, a mark that was also a career-high. Here’s a list of previous Condors who went to the AHL All-Star Game
2020 – Tyler Benson, Evan Bouchard
2019 – Joe Gambardella, Cooper Marody
2018 – Ty Rattie
2017 – Jordan Oesterle
2016 – Laurent Brossoit, Brad Hunt

Calder winner Stuart Skinner

Stuart Skinner has planted himself in the conversation for the NHL’s Calder Trophy going to the league’s top rookie, Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis wrote. 
He’s not the only one, as Ellis detailed others like Mason McTavish and Matty Beniers.
Stuart Skinner, G (Edmonton Oilers)
Skinner has been in a bit of a slump recently, but can you blame him? He’s having a tough time getting support, having to make at least 43 stops twice in his past five games. He tends to play better when busy, though, posting an 8-3-1 record when stopping 30 shots or more – and a 4-1-1 record when stopping 40 or more. Skinner has outperformed Jack Campbell by quite a margin and has taken over the No. 1 duties. Skinner’s new three-year, $2.6 million AAV deal doesn’t kick in until next year, and when he is thriving, his $750,000 AAV deal makes him one of the best value goaltenders in the league. There’s a good chance he’s the No. 1 come playoff time if the Oilers don’t make a move to address their goaltending concerns, but it hasn’t seemed to matter who’s in net the past few years, has it?
Matty Beniers, C (Seattle Kraken)
Same old, same old. Beniers has led the NHL rookie scoring race all year long, and he’s on pace to break the 60-point mark. In Beniers’ first five games of 2023 – all wins for Seattle – Beniers’ seven points are just two behind Kevin Fiala and Vince Dunn in that span for the league lead. He had a 44.4 percent shooting percentage in that time frame, too. Expectations were high for Beniers after turning pro at the end of last year and he’s still the top choice for the Calder at this point.
Mason McTavish, C (Anaheim Ducks)
After a quiet start to the season, McTavish has made it clear he’s the real deal. He had a career-best four-point night against San Jose on Friday, just two nights after a multi-point effort against Dallas. McTavish is now up to 26 points, seven behind Troy Terry for the team lead this season. Statistical consistency has been an issue for McTavish, but we’re also talking about the Anaheim Ducks here. The goal is grabbing 2023 NHL Draft phenom Connor Bedard, who was McTavish’s linemate when the latter went on one of the best runs in recent world junior history in 2022. McTavish needed a chance to relax in Anaheim after playing for seven different teams between the NHL, AHL, OHL and IIHF last year, and it’s finally happening. Watch for him to make a second-half Calder push.

Gallagher out six weeks

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will miss the next six weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury. He’s been out of the lineup since Jan. 3rd.
Gallagher already missed 16 games earlier this year and has scored four goal and nine points in the 25 games he has appeared in.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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