GREATEST TANK BATTLES

The Bakersfield Condors added a unique player today, as giant winger Joel Rechlicz was brought in to rattle the boards and offer a nuclear deterrent.

He is 6.05, 220 and has scored five pro goals since 2007. His work resume resembles Hank Snow’s I’ve Been Everywhere. Rechlicz is a pure enforcer who can work effectively along the boards and win battles. He played just 12 games one year ago.

PROJECTED BAKERSFIELD LINEUP 2016-17

BAKERSFIELD LINEUP AUG 30

I don’t think Rechlicz is going to play on a skill line, but it is one more roster spot used up on a player who is not a prospect. For me, this is not a move to get excited over one way or another—the Benning move on the weekend was a far more substantial addition.

If you are driving through Bakersfield this winter, the guys to follow (if this is the roster) are the following:

  • A list—Drake Caggiula, Jujhar Khaira, Griffin Reinhart, Matt Benning, Laurent Brossoit, Jordan Oesterle, Anton Slepyshev, Dillon Simpson, Joey Laleggia.
  • B list—Kyle Platzer, Patrick Russell, Tyler Pitlick, Mitch Moroz, Greg Chase, Nick Ellis.

Rechlicz should be fun to watch in the Saturday night home games though. I’d be a liar if I implied ignorance to the excitement of an old fashioned hockey brawl.

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    The AHL’s pacific division is as close as you can get to the 1980’s Norris division.

    Staged fights and line brawls and intimidation are still very much a thing in the AHL, specifically in the division that the Condors play in.

    For this reason alone, I’m fine with the addition. No need for us to have Drake Cagguila get a concussion from getting roughed up in a one-sided mugging. Every punch Rechlicz eats in the face is one Puljujarvi / Cagguila don’t have to take.

    I really hope the new fighting rules the AHL instituted will help solve the problem so this kind of hired “protection” isn’t needed anymore.

  2. Ducey says:

    And here you were worried they wouldn’t address the lack of right handers.

  3. Ducey says:

    Why do you hate Nick Ellis? Not even on the B list. Man.

  4. kinger_OIL says:

    – This is awesome marketing from their web site: Come see some punches basically!:

    Has played 219 AHL games with 981 penalty minutes (4.48 PIMs / game)
    Played 26 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders and amassed 105 penalty minutes (4.04 PIMs / game)
    Fight card includes tilts with Milan Lucic, John Scott, Jon Mirasty*, Zenon Konopka,Georges Laraque, Paul Bissonette, Donald Brashear, Kevin Westgarth, Jeremy Yablonski,Bobby Robins*, Frazer McLaren, Steve Macintyre. and Trevor Gillies (* – denotes former Condors player)
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  5. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I’d be inclined to add Moroz to the B-list players.

  6. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Off topic but I just realized Chia has now traded Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, and Taylor Hall. Incredible. He is not afraid to trade highly skilled wingers.

  7. Oilspill says:

    So how many contracts left.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Oilspill:
    So how many contracts left.

    Still 2, with two more slide rule. This is an AHL deal.

  9. Bruce McCurdy says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    I’d be inclined to add Moroz to the B-list players.

    I agree with this.

  10. Centre of attention says:

    In case anyone missed it, Hall’s interview with Gregor today was gold.

    My favorite question/answer:

    “Gregor: (Smiles) Will you want to take a run at Eberle?

    Hall: Um (laughs)… Yeah, I mean, that’s going to be a weird night and I’m going to be pretty fired up for that one. ”

    What do you guys think the fight card looks like for this one?

    First period: Obligatory Lucic vs Gazdic right off the first face off. I take Gazdic on the decision, Lucic will hold his own though.

    Later first period: Nurse fights Smith Pelly in an epic scrap. Nurse wins via TKO in my eyes.

    Second Period: Hall runs Klefbom from behind, with a borderline boarding play. It doesn’t get called, so tensions are left to simmer.

    Later second period: Lucic tries to engage Hall who wisely keeps his hands by his sides and lets the linesmen take care of business. Lucic gets a roughing penalty and the Devils score.

    After final whistle of second period: Maroon face washes Hall in the obligatory post-whistle scrum, all hell breaks loose. Five minute majors for both players as well as two roughing penalties for Yakupov and Henrique, who have a spirited exchange of cross checks as the linesmen are tied up in the larger scrum.

    Third period is mostly quiet as it starts 4 on 4 with both teams somewhat focusing on hockey for the time being. Right before the final whistle, the puck is dumped into the Oilers end and as Klefbom goes to recover it Hall absolutely nails him right in the numbers again. Larsson grabs Hall and they start exchanging pleasantries. The benches clear and Lucic / Gazdic go for round 2 of the night, with Lucic getting the take down and thus the decision in the nights main event.

    Needless to say, I think things end up resembling “no country for old men” especially if Jersey calls up some AHL muscle before the game. I’m pumped.

  11. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: Hall’s interview with Gregor today was gold.

    Don’t know how you didn’t pick this one:

    Gregor: In four years when you hit free agency, is there any chance you sign back here in Edmonton?

    Hall: No, I don’t think so.

    Didn’t mince words.

  12. Pouzar says:

    Four Nations Cup updates on our boys.
    http://www.thedraftanalyst.com/2017-nhl-draft/u20-four-nations/

    C Aapeli Rasanen (EDM 6th/2016)
    Rasanen continued his strong run of international competitions by standing out as one of Finland’s top forwards. And while it would be fair to point out the Finns’ notable U20 no-shows (Sebastian Aho, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, Janne Kuokkanen, etc.), Rasanen’s two-way skill set as a center almost makes him a unique, if not necessary add to the National Team. The Finns struggled to score in Hodonin, but Rasanen potted two of their four goals. He killed penalties, took defensive zone draws and centered one of the two power play units. We noticed the ice became figuratively smaller as these tournaments progressed, so the speed and skill traditionally inherent in European hockey is seemingly replaced by checking and clogging. But the one constant for Rasanen is that he ends up not only adapting to the nature of a given game, but finds a way to stand out as well. He’s a cerebral player who makes clean plays but used keen vision to locate open linemates for quality chances on several occasions. Rasanen’s hand-eye coordination is outstanding, and he’s lightning-quick at taking a turnover and turning it into a scoring chance in a split second.

    LHD Markus Niemelainen (EDM 3rd/2016)
    Niemelainen had a strong tournament playing alongside Salo, leading Finland’s second pairing and taking a role on both the power play and penalty kill. He’s a big kid with a massive wingspan, so defending in one-on-one situations has never been a problem. What we noticed almost immediately was an improvement in reading plays and taking calculated risks. The Niemelainen of last year was way too restless in the slot, and his wandering cost him. This wasn’t the case at the Four Nations, where he seemed to communicate well with Salo (and supporting forwards), and released from his slot duties with decisiveness and success. Sure, he still wanders as far as the opposing point. But we didn’t catch him puck gazing or keeping his back turned, and his first-step quickness looks like it improved. Niemelainen showcased his love for shooting the puck, and on occasion took it up-ice with confidence but minus any sort of creativity.

  13. Diesel says:

    A Fraser/Benning pairing might cause a ruckus on occasion. Can’t hurt to have the trump card.

  14. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™: Don’t know how you didn’t pick this one:


    Gregor: In four years when you hit free agency, is there any chance you sign back here in Edmonton?

    Hall: No, I don’t think so.

    Didn’t mince words.

    I like the thoughts of an Oilers vs Devils bench clearing brawl better personally.

    As for the question you picked: When was the last time a franchise talent got traded then went back to the team that traded him? Like what kind of answer are people expecting? That he’s going to come running back home to the frozen netherlands to the land where a large group of people still don’t understand/appreciate his talent and what he brings? Keep dreaming lol. I expected that answer, and Taylor is an honest kid so I wouldn’t expect him to beat around the bush.

    Hall’s ” it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel ” comment during the locker clean outs at the end of the year definitely didn’t get as much traction as I thought it would, though. That’s a quote worth talking about if you ask me. I wonder what his roomate and close friend, Connor McDavid’s opinion of the “light at the end of the tunnel” is. Lol.

  15. Chachi says:

    JDï™: Don’t know how you didn’t pick this one:


    Gregor: In four years when you hit free agency, is there any chance you sign back here in Edmonton?

    Hall: No, I don’t think so.

    Didn’t mince words.

    I think Gregor is one of the best interviewers on sports radio, but that was a stupid question to ask him. There was literally no other answer Hall would ever possibly give to that question. Even in the highly unlikely event that he would like to come back to Edmonton after being dumped in Jersey the fans there would freak the hell out if he even hinted in an interview that he was looking forward to being anywhere other than Jersey in 4 years.

  16. Lowetide says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    I’d be inclined to add Moroz to the B-list players.

    Yep. My mistake, and corrected. Sorry for the delay, I was writing something else and just got back to the post.

  17. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar,

    Thank you for that. Reading Rasanens scouting report is like a beautiful symphony. The talk of his two-way ability has me salivating. Sounds like a potential high-end middle six center.

    I wonder how much power play time he gets playing at home in Finland, perhaps him getting more offensive opportunity (like power play time) at the international tournaments is why we always end up seeing him better there? SwedishPoster has commented he doesn’t see the offensive potential when he plays during the regular season, perhaps thats because he’s not getting the same opportunities as when he’s on the international stage? Something to think about for sure.

  18. OF17 says:

    Chachi: I think Gregor is one of the best interviewers on sports radio, but that was a stupid question to ask him. There was literally no other answer Hall would ever possibly give to that question. Even in the highly unlikely event that he would like to come back to Edmonton after being dumped in Jersey the fans there would freak the hell out if he even hinted in an interview that he was looking forward to being anywhere other than Jersey in 4 years.

    Yeah, not to mention that in hockey terms, four years is quite far from now. Not only is Hall an unmarried man in his 20s, but he also has one of the most volatile professions on earth. How is he supposed to know what he wants four years from now?

  19. Frank the dog says:

    Centre of attention: I like the thoughts of an Oilers vs Devils bench clearing brawl better personally.

    As for the question you picked: When was the last time a franchise talent got traded then went back to the team that traded him? Like what kind of answer are people expecting? That he’s going to come running back home to the frozen netherlands to the land where a large group of people still don’t understand/appreciate his talent and what he brings? Keep dreaming lol. I expected that answer, and Taylor is an honest kid so I wouldn’t expect him to beat around the bush.

    Hall’s ” it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel ” comment during the locker clean outs at the end of the year definitely didn’t get as much traction as I thought it would, though. That’s a quote worth talking about if you ask me. I wonder what his roomate and close friend, Connor McDavid’s opinion of the “light at the end of the tunnel” is. Lol.

    CMD IS the light at the end of the tunnel.

  20. Centre of attention says:

    Frank the dog: CMD IS the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Is he OK with that? Is he OK with looking around and realizing he has little to no support and is the one and only hope? Is he OK with realizing he’s going to do have to do this mostly himself?

    Crosby has a Malkin and a Letang

    Kane has a Toews and a Keith

    Doughty has Kopitar and Carter

    See what I’m getting at? In order to see the light, he needs to see the support so to speak. Hall couldn’t see the light because he never got the support. So far its hard to say Connor’s gotten enough yet either. Just my opinion.

  21. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Centre of attention,

    The Nuge, Leon & JP all say hi.

  22. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Just about every word I read on Aapeli Rasanen is code for “how in the sweet fuck did this guy last into the 6th round?

  23. rickithebear says:

    Remaining oilers players 3 season average full seasons only:
    Mcdavid C 75gm 27G 53A 80P
    ————————-
    Eberle RW 77gm 26G 33A 59P
    Lucic LW 81gm 21G 32A 53P
    Draisatl C 72gm 19G 32A 51P
    RNH C 70gm 18G 31A 49P
    ————————-
    Pouliot LW 64gm 16G 19A 35P
    Maroon LW 68gm 11G 19A 30P
    —————————–
    Yakupov RW 68gm 11G 16A 27P – 28
    Letestu C 73gm 10G 14A 24P
    Kassian RW 51gm 11G 9A 20P
    ——————————-
    Hendricks LW 72gm 6G 7 A 13P
    Pakarinen RW 63gm 5G 8A 13P
    181 goals

    Who of the bottom 3 RW pushes JP off the roster?

  24. Chachi says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Just about every word I read on Aapeli Rasanen is code for “how in the sweet fuck did this guy last into the 6th round?

    The buzz around him sounds a lot to me like the buzz around Anton Lander when he was drafted. I guess if Rasanen turns into a right hand shooting, Finnish version of Anton Lander that would not be half bad for a 6th round pick.

  25. Chachi says:

    OF17: Yeah, not to mention that in hockey terms, four years is quite far from now. Not only is Hall an unmarried man in his 20s, but he also has one of the most volatile professions on earth. How is he supposed to know what he wants four years from now?

    Exactly.

  26. JDï™ says:

    Chachi: There was literally no other answer Hall would ever possibly give to that question.

    He could have simply said that he doesn’t even want to think that far in advance, blah blah blah, and avoid it.

    I agree, very poor question to ask.

  27. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Chachi: The buzz around him sounds a lot to me like the buzz around Anton Lander when he was drafted. I guess if Rasanen turns into a right hand shooting, Finnish version of Anton Lander that would not be half bad for a 6th round pick.

    Yeah. Have made that connection more than once. But there is a big gap between #40 & #153. This pick has “steal” written all over it.

  28. VOR says:

    Bruce,

    Rasanen has been pretty average in regular season games. Every scout can see he has the toolkit but it’s like he doesn’t know how to use them all yet. He isn’t producing enough points to be ranked higher. Doesn’t LT keep telling us only production matters when rating players, not promise. Should he have fallen this far? No. I would also argue that for some players their work on an international stage has proven to be the far better indicator of NHL success than league play. So the math says Rasanen was a slight steal. The tournaments of small sample size and our eyeballs tell us he was a huge steal.

  29. VOR says:

    Also, Bruce, more and more organizations are using some sort of blended Cescin/NHLE metric to ground true their draft boards. A player like Rasanen often gets penalized by this. An average scouting report by Central Scouting gives the kid, particularly a European, a mediocre Cescin and you multiply that by an average NHLE and you get a below average player. That is one taken after 105.

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  30. Chachi says:

    VOR:
    Also, Bruce, more and more organizations are using some sort of blended Cescin/NHLE metric to ground true their draft boards. A player like Rasanen often gets penalized by this. An average scouting report by Central Scouting gives the kid, particularly a European, a mediocre Cescin and you multiply that by an average NHLE and you get a below average player. That is one taken after 105.

    If teams used Kreskin instead of Cescin to help them draft players they might do a lot better at the draft table.

  31. G Money says:

    VOR,

    Please explain ‘Cescin’? Background? Link?

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