ARRIVING CONDORS

The main purpose of a farm club is to take talented but flawed players and grind them into useful role players for NHL service. That’s it.  The final season in OKC saw the Oilers deliver 11 interesting rookies into the N.A. pro ranks:

  1. R Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 17-11-28 (graduated to the NHL)
  2. C Bogdan Yakimov 57GP, 12-16-28
  3. D Jordan Oesterle 65GP, 8-17-25
  4. L Josh Winquist 46GP, 8-11-19
  5. D Dillon Simpson 71GP, 3-14-17
  6. F Kellen Jones 49GP, 5-10-15
  7. C Connor Jones 41GP, 4-6-10
  8. C Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10
  9. L Mitchell Moroz 66GP, 5-4-9
  10. D CJ Ludwig 28GP, 1-4-5
  11. G Laurent Brossoit 53GP, 2.56 .918

Some of these players (Winquist, Jones, Ludwig) did not have NHL contracts but qualify as entry-level prospects. Here are their numbers in year two pro, with other prospects who have been added along the way:

  1. D Jordan Oesterle 31GP, 2-16-18
  2. L Josh Winquist 16GP, 7-9-16
  3. C Jujhar Khaira 23GP, 4-7-11
  4. C Bogdan Yakimov 19GP, 3-4-7 (Now in KHL)
  5. D Griffin Reinhart 17GP, 1-5-6
  6. D Dillon Simpson 29GP, 1-5-6
  7. L Mitchell Moroz 30GP, 2-4-6
  8. F Kellen Jones 12GP, 1-2-3
  9. C Connor Jones (Now playing for Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
  10. D CJ Ludwig (Now in ECHL)
  11. G Laurent Brossoit 24GP, 2.61, .924

I would guess we will see Laurent Brossoit graduate to the NHL next season (if not opening night, then some time during the year), and players like Jujhar Khaira and Griffin Reinhart are pushing for full time work.

THIS YEAR’S ROOKIES

  1. D Joey Laleggia 35GP, 6-13-19
  2. C Kyle Platzer 33GP, 5-8-13
  3. C Josh Currie 27GP, 3-5-8
  4. R Greg Chase 19GP, 1-6-7
  5. C Marco Roy 23GP, 4-2-6
  6. L Anton Slepyshev 20GP, 4-1-5
  7. L Braden Christoffer 30GP, 1-3-4
  8. C Alexis Loiseau 12GP, 1-2-3
  9. C Leon Draisaitl 6GP, 1-1-2
  10. D Darnell Nurse 6GP, 0-1-1
  11. D Ben Betker 1GP, 0-0-0
  12. G Eetu Laurikainen 5GP, 3.41 .902

The Condors were robbed of two blue-chip prospects (Draisaitl, Nurse) because they were needed at the NHL level, but that is the function of the AHL team. Among the other new pro players, I think Anton Slepyshev has genuine promise and was disappointed he got hurt (hasn’t played since January 2). One of the players to follow in Bakersfield over the rest of this season is Slepyshev.

Slepyshev returns to action this evening, along with Rob Klinkhammer and Luke Gazdic. The Condors sent Braden Christoffer to the ECHL (Norfolk) in order to make room. The Condors current roster has changed a lot since opening night.

OPENING NIGHT CONDORS

condors roster opening night 2015

CURRENT CONDORS

  • Goal (2): Laurent Brossoit, Eetu Laurikainen
  • Defense (7): Brad Hunt, Joey Laleggia, Jordan Oesterle, David Musil, Nikita Nikitin, Dillon Simpson, Martin Gernat
  • Center (5): Andrew Miller, Jujhar Khaira, Josh Currie, Phil McRae, Marco Roy
  • Left Wing (5): Ryan Hamilton, Josh Winquist, Rob Klinkhammer, Kale Kessy, Mitchell Moroz
  • Right Wing (5): Matt Ford, Anton Slepyshev, Kyle Platzer, Tyler Pitlick, Kellen Jones

 

  • Gone: G Ben Scrivens (traded), D Darnell Nurse (Edmonton), D Nick Pageau (Norfolk), C Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton), C Bogdan Yakimov (KHL), L Braden Christoffer (Norfolk), R Iiro Pakarinen (Edmonton).

So far, the Condors AHL organization is doing its job. Sending Nurse, Draisaitl and Pakarinen to the show is the function of the minor league team. The main players to watch for in terms of graduation now are Brossoit and Slepyshev. The Russian’s return for the game tonight is a big deal, and I will update as the game rolls along.

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96 Responses to "ARRIVING CONDORS"

  1. Mr DeBakey says:

    The main players to watch for in terms of graduation now are Brossoit and Slepyshev

    And Winquist.

  2. GrandOptimist says:

    Just a little info…take it with grains of salt as there is injuries/suspensions etc that can change a lineup and therefore altering a teams dynamic…

    Oilers remaining schedule…numbers based before todays games…

    Canadiens – SA : 8th PK : 8th.
    Islanders – SA : 20th PK: 2nd.
    Devils – SA : 7th PK: 13th.
    Leafs – SA : 26th PK: 15th. *
    Jets – SA : 15th PK: 27th. *
    Ducks – SA : 3rd PK: 1st.
    Wild – SA : 11th PK: 24th. *
    Avs – SA : 27th PK: 19th. *
    Sens – SA : 30th PK: 30th. *
    Kings – SA : 5th PK: 10th.
    Ducks- SA : 2nd PK: 1st.
    Islanders- SA : 20th PK: 2nd.
    Sabers- SA : 21st PK: 18th. *
    Flyers- SA : 29th PK: 26th. *
    Jacksts- SA : 23rd PK: 17th. *
    Jets- SA : 15th PK: 27th. *
    Sharks- SA : 4th PK: 21st.
    Wild- SA : 11th PK: 24th. *
    Coyotes- SA : 18th PK: 29th. *
    Preds- SA : 5th PK: 23rd
    Blues- SA : 12th PK: 3rd
    Canucks- SA: 25th PK: 16th. *
    Avs- SA: 27th PK: 19th. *
    Coyotes- SA: 18th PK: 29th. *
    Sharks- SA: 4th PK: 21st.
    Kings- SA: 5th PK: 10th
    Ducks- SA: 3rd PK: 1st
    Flames- SA: 9th PK: 28th. *
    Canucks- SA: 25th PK: 16th. *
    Canucks- SA: 25th PK:16th. *

    SA= shots against ranking in league
    PK= penalty kill ranking
    *=combined score of >30 ..so winnable games in my opinion as our team is built on capitalising on chances, yes! i know there is a difference between shots and chances but over the course of a season they usually corelate.

    That equals 17 winnable games using these two stats…as i said other variables i understand…however if you look at said teams, in theory they should be winnable anyways.

    For the oilers to make the playoffs…they would need to go basically

    21-6-3 = 92points for the season…in our division that should be about the cutoff line. (plus or minus 2 points)

    That means…17 winnable games offensive wise. Meaning 4 wins minimum in the 13 other more challenging games (assuming we lose none of the winnable games…which is highly unlikely…however ottawa did it last year, no reason we cant)

    Its tough. But not impossible. Heck we got mcdavid. ?

  3. Mr DeBakey says:

    The Tyson Barrie discussion here yesterday sounds good to me.
    Reinhart, Slepyshev – get ‘er done.

    Another team with an internal Cap is Nashville.
    A winger with some size is Craig Smith.
    Yakupov, Larsen – get ‘er done

  4. GrandOptimist says:

    Also
    In the last month the worst team for Goals Against Average:

    30th – Ottawa (7-2 win)

    …2nd worst?

    29th – Montreal (Saturday)

    ? lets go for three-in-a-row

  5. Lowetide says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    The main players to watch for in terms of graduation now are Brossoit and Slepyshev

    And Winquist.

    Nope. The Oilers need to sign him first, that is his next step. It should have happened by now.

  6. LoDog says:

    Do I get to do the little pat on the back thing yet since I always liked the smid trade?

    Maybe next year? 🙂

    And one last comment to G about Hamonic.

    If there is a camp that thinks he would be not be the Oilers top guy right now, please dont include me in said camp. I want him to be 3 on the oilers because shattenkirk or equivalent has also bee added.

  7. Woogie63 says:

    The Condor are also working through NHL GM failed pro players.

    Scrivens, Nikitin, Klinkhammer, Gazdyk, Fayne are eating up development time for younger players

  8. LoDog says:

    Lowetide: Nope. The Oilers need to sign him first, that is his next step. It should have happened by now.

    Too many contracts? After the deadline hopefully.

  9. Clay says:

    Genuinely concerned about Leon’s AHL numbers. At some point one would hope he can dominate at that level.

    I keed.

    What’s the word on Christoffer? He looked like found money this fall. Issues adjusting to the pro game?

  10. G Money says:

    LoDog,

    Ha ha, I like the cut of your jib, Mister!

  11. Pouzar says:

    Clay: At some point one would hope he can dominate at that level.

    You have to dominate at the AHL. You just do. Someone told me.

  12. Mr DeBakey says:

    Lowetide: Nope. The Oilers need to sign him first, that is his next step. It should have happened by now.

    Well, that’s true.

    Right now any NHL organization could ink the kid.
    And its sayanara boys

  13. kinger_OIL says:

    – LT says: “The main purpose of a farm club is to take talented but flawed players and grind them into useful role players for NHL service. That’s it.”

    – A farm club is also used as bait to fleece other teams in trades, throwing in “promising AHL player X”, as part of packge, selling hope to suckers: “Hi Colten, your going to the OIL, good luck”

  14. Pouzar says:

    HOW BOUT DEM WINNIPEG JITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. frjohnk says:

    Pouzar:
    HOW BOUT DEM WINNIPEG JITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow. losing 4-0 in the 1st.

    Still half a period left.

  16. Pouzar says:

    frjohnk: Wow. losing 4-0 in the 1st.

    Still half a period left.

    Before this game the Hurricanes had 28 goals total in the first period this year. They may equal that tonight.

  17. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 2m2 minutes ago View translation
    FORWARDS:
    Klinkhammer – Khaira – Pitlick
    Hamilton – Miller – Platzer
    Slepyshev – McRae – Ford
    Gazdic – Currie – Kessy

  18. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 1m1 minute ago
    DEFENSE:
    Nikitin – Oesterle
    LaLeggia – Hunt
    Simpson – Musil

    IN NET: The man they call LB, @LBrossoit

  19. wheatnoil says:

    Lowetide: Nope. The Oilers need to sign him first, that is his next step. It should have happened by now.

    Oilers are at 49 contracts and I believe signing him now burns a year on a 2-year ELC, so his contract would be up at the end of next season. He’s still only played 16 games this season so it’s unlikely some other team is going to scoop him up mid-season.

    The smart move here, IMO, is to sign him once the season ends to his two-year ELC, which expires before his 25 year old season (and equivalent of draft+6 if I’m not mistaken).

  20. Lowetide says:

    wheatnoil: Oilers are at 49 contracts and I believe signing him now burns a year on a 2-year ELC, so his contract would be up at the end of next season. He’s still only played 16 games this season so it’s unlikely some other team is going to scoop him up mid-season.

    The smart move here, IMO, is to sign him once the season ends to his two-year ELC, which expires before his 25 year old season (and equivalent of draft+6 if I’m not mistaken).

    Seems reasonable, hopefully they have passed that along to the agent. Green found a player, might as well sign the guy.

  21. LoDog says:

    Pouzar or any other frequent condor watchers have the dope on slepy?

    Not getting opportunity or not deserving or?

  22. Centre of attention says:

    LoDog:
    Pouzar or any other frequent condor watchers have the dope on slepy?

    Not getting opportunity or not deserving or?

    Hes been hurt. Before that I’m sure he was still adjusting. The organization likes him, I can tell you that much. Both Peter and Todd have had good words to say about Slip-Slappy

  23. AsiaOil says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    Another team with an internal Cap is Nashville.
    A winger with some size is Craig Smith.
    Yakupov, Larssen – get ‘er done

    Smith is an ES killer. Having a down year offensively but he’s bonafide and signed for 4 more years at $4 million per. Might be the year to actually pull him out of there at a reasonable price. Would like him a lot on CMD’s wing.

  24. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention: Hes been hurt. Before that I’m sure he was still adjusting. The organization likes him, I can tell you that much. Both Peter and Todd have had good words to say about Slip-Slappy

    This.

  25. LoDog says:

    Centre of attention: Hes been hurt. Before that I’m sure he was still adjusting. The organization likes him, I can tell you that much. Both Peter and Todd have had good words to say about Slip-Slappy

    Pouzar: This.

    Thank you, kind sirs.

  26. 719 says:

    GrandOptimist,

    Excellent post thank you. I would also state that wins against Colorado, Nashville, Arizona and Minnesota in regulation would go a long way to securing a playoff spot.

    Last year Ottawa and Minnesota got amazing performances from a hot goaltender at the right time. It looks like we may have that same lighting in a bottle with Talbot.

  27. Pouzar says:

    5-3 upcoming

  28. Pouzar says:

    No Slepy on that 5 on 3…boooooooooooooooooooooooo

  29. Lowetide says:

    Condors wasted a 5-on-3, Slepy got a quick touch but turned it over right away. Fourth line (Gazdic, Currie, Kessy) playing well enough to grab an extra shift.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Khaira scores.

  31. Pouzar says:

    Khaira blows by defender at red line, goes back hand deke and out waits goalie.

    SH Goal…….1-0 Condors

    EDIT: 1-1

  32. Klima's_Bucket says:

    How are you watching this Condors game?

  33. Pouzar says:

    Not sure why Platzer is not playing Center

  34. MrEd says:

    Gregor makes perfect sense today on the Nation.
    Gryba signed.
    Davidson signed.

    Third pairing done.

    Imo- This idea (could, provided the numbers come in under $5) represent value, flexibility and continuity.
    _____

    So:

    Klef- Sek
    Nurse/Rhino- XXX
    Davidson- Gryba.

    Choose your AHL players to cover. It’s time.

    ____

    Davidson is found money. Except that i remember someone on the radio last summer warning me about how good he is.
    If nothing else he’ll decrease the price on Nurce and/or Rhino?

  35. Pouzar says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    How are you watching this Condors game?

    http://onhockey.tv/

  36. Pouzar says:

    2-1 Milwaukee

  37. OilLeak says:

    Yeesh the Condors dearth of scoring talent is apparent in this game. Nikitin also didn’t help on the play that lead to the Admirals 2nd goal. Although Brossoit can’t let that goal in.
    I honestly don’t know how Brad Hunt keeps getting called up.

    A few bright areas so far though. Laleggia is interesting, and Khaira plays a nice 2 way game.

  38. Pouzar says:

    OilLeak,

    Just gonna mention Leggs…looks good.

  39. MrEd says:

    Pouzar,

    K. I’m using your link and I’m stuck on prancing blow up dolls.
    Is it intermission?

  40. OilLeak says:

    Pouzar,

    He does, seems effective in the offensive zone, has a bit of Jultz in him. Got caught deep on one play, but helped break it up once he got back.

  41. BONVIE says:

    Im trying to on that link i did some condor related ads so far, bur its choppy

  42. Pouzar says:

    MrEd:
    Pouzar,

    K.I’m using your link and I’m stuck on prancing blow up dolls.
    Is it intermission?

    yupper

  43. Pouzar says:

    OilLeak:
    Pouzar,

    He does, seems effective in the offensive zone, has a bit of Jultz in him.Got caught deep on one play, but helped break it up once he got back.

    He is raw that’s for sure.

  44. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    Not sure why Platzer is not playing Center

    Its probably the coaches way of getting him in the top 6

  45. Pouzar says:

    LB beat 5 hole.

    3-1

  46. Pouzar says:

    e2 IN

  47. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention: Its probably the coaches way of getting him in the top 6

    Yeah but he is on a line with Hamilton and Miller…both wingers.

  48. OilLeak says:

    Pouzar,

    Miller is a center as well

  49. Centre of attention says:

    Condors look like November ’14 Oilers.

  50. Pouzar says:

    That was ugly.

    4-1 Admirals

  51. Pouzar says:

    OilLeak:
    Pouzar,

    Miller is a center as well

    Yes he plays Center sometimes but Platzer is the younger prospect. He needs to be playing there.

  52. Pouzar says:

    This Condor seems to always seems to shit the bed on the first game of every weekend.
    LB didn’t help though. 2 weak goals.

  53. BONVIE says:

    Im witnessing some awful defense.

  54. Lowetide says:

    Rondo:
    LT,

    Can you remove the post #4 onyour recent ON article.

    Done.

  55. Rondo says:

    Lowetide,

    Thank you

  56. Pouzar says:

    Condors are sleepwalking right now.

  57. Pouzar says:

    PP Goal

    5-1

  58. Centre of attention says:

    Laurikinen struggling just as much as Brossoit did. Might have been tipped but yikes. They are just kind of going in. Condors look deflated in general.

  59. OilLeak says:

    Condors going full Oiler right now

  60. Centre of attention says:

    Slepyshev just stick handled threw 3 guys. Did his best McDavid impression i would say.

  61. Pouzar says:

    Beauty rush by Slepy. Skill was on display there.

  62. OilLeak says:

    Well the Condors are one the poorest teams in the AHL so this game doesn’t really surprise me, Oilers desperately need to restock the prospect cupboard.

    Conders team SF% is 46.71 which is 5th worst in the league

  63. GrandOptimist says:

    719,

    Thats the thing…the inter squad games seem to be what it will come down to verse Anaheim and San Jose specifically

  64. Pouzar says:

    Suck it Flames.

    Jackets win 2-1.

  65. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    Suck it Flames.

    Jackets win 2-1.

    If Arizona gets a loser point I’m going to be pissed.

  66. Pouzar says:

    JetsNation
    ‏@NHLJetsNation
    Jackets win!

    Ladies and gentlemen, 30th place in the NHL but 1st place in your hearts.. YOUR WINNIPEG JETS!

  67. Johnny Larue says:

    2-2 after the second for coyotes and ducks , ducks dominating Lindholm looks good Shane Doan comes up big Steve fucking Kelly still pisses me off . The godless Flames lose we still have hope

  68. StevieG_8 says:

    Hamilton looks like a prospect to me than a rising young player that can take the toughs. I think Sekera was a good signing to have some experience on our backend.

  69. Centre of attention says:

    Currie to the backhand 5-2

  70. Pouzar says:

    YAY Currie!

    5-2

  71. BONVIE says:

    Im not sure quite what i saw on the Condors 4th goal against, the Condors had three players in a line skating backwards across their own blue line and the one cyclone forward skated by Kaira the center skating backwards in the middle and Hunt and Lagellia just kept skating backwards each on their side like they were oblivious to the fact that a forward was busting down right through the middle. The forward just had his way all alone with the goalie.

  72. Pouzar says:

    BONVIE:
    Im not sure quite what i saw on the Condors 4th goal against, the Condors had three players in a line skating backwards across their own blue line and the one cyclone forward skated by Kaira the center skating backwards in the middle and Hunt and Lagellia just kept skating backwards each on their side like they were oblivious to the fact that a forward was busting down right through the middle.The forward just had his way all alone with the goalie.

    That’s exactly what happened. Very strange goal. Poor Khaira looked pretty silly on that one.

  73. Pouzar says:

    Looks like Platzer is centering Slepy/McRae

    and Ford is centering Hamilton/Miller

  74. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors
    Murphy with a hat trick – it’s 6-2 Admirals with 11 min. left. #Condorstown

  75. Centre of attention says:

    Silly play by Miller.

    Bad goal on Lauri

  76. Johnny Larue says:

    3-2 Ducks

  77. Centre of attention says:

    Nice to see that young fella’ rocking a OKC Barons sweater.

  78. Johnny Larue says:

    4-2 Cogs scores

  79. Centre of attention says:

    7-2. Condors look like the Sens last night

    Hockey’s a funny game.

  80. Johnny Larue says:

    Ducks dominating coyotes looks like they are toast another penalty 4-2 Ducks

  81. Johnny Larue says:

    5-2 Ducks PP Maroon

  82. Johnny Larue says:

    Coyotes challenge

  83. Johnny Larue says:

    Ducks lose challenge goaltender interference no goal

  84. Магия 10 says:

    Pouzar:
    JetsNation
    ‏@NHLJetsNation
    Jackets win!

    Ladies and gentlemen, 30th place in the NHL but 1st place in your hearts.. YOUR WINNIPEG JETS!

    6 teams with 47 points now. Misery loves company. Not a neighborhood Connor intends to hang around.

  85. RexLibris says:

    Six way tie for last in the NHL.

    Very good chances that Matthews plays somewhere north of the 49th parallel.

  86. Магия 10 says:

    RexLibris:

    Very good chances that Matthews plays somewhere north of the 49th parallel.

    Good thing that excludes Toronto

    (There are 4 NHL teams North of 49)

  87. Professor Q says:

    The Sport Chek panel yesterday:

    “They have to string more than two games together.”

    Apparently the 6-game win streak and other win streaks didn’t happen…

  88. JDï™ says:

    RexLibris: Matthews plays somewhere north of the 49th parallel.

    I hope it’s the Habs. I’m dubbing their tank, “Sacrebleu for Matthews.”

  89. Professor Q says:

    RexLibris:
    Six way tie for last in the NHL.

    Very good chances that Matthews plays somewhere north of the 49th parallel.

    If only that meant that he’d go to Arizona, would play in his home state for a year to make everyone happy, and then the Coyotes would move to Québec City.

  90. RicaGreaser says:

    I’ve been checking in on big Ziyat Paigin and liking what I see. 12th in KHL scoring (D) in 43 GP and the few highlights I’ve seen indicate he distributes well. Any of you connected insiders been following this?

  91. v4ance says:

    Somewhat crazy idea… pick up Yannick Weber off waivers.

    1) It weakens Vancouver by absorbing some of their defensive depth

    2) You rotate Schultz, Clendening and Weber to see who is the best option. You can trade Schultz and Clendening/Weber for a draft pick at the trade deadline to playoff bound teams. Nothing like trading freely acquired assets for a profit.

    3) Reinhart goes back to AHL to get more icetime. Rather than playing a game, sitting for two, then repeating the cycle, let him get more at bats down on the farm.

  92. Tarkus says:

    Fun fact: If Arizona were to acquire Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats, the ‘Yotes would have in their system the leading scorers of all three CHL leagues (after Friday’s games).

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