BAKERSFIELD CONDORS 2016-17

We should hear about the full rookie invite list in the next few days and of course the training camp roster will follow. Just as we know 20 (or so) of the 23 Oilers rosters spots, the Condors opening night roster should be fairly easy to figure out.

PROJECTED LINES AND PAIRINGS

  • L1: Ryan Hamilton—Jere Sallinen—Taylor Beck
  • L2: Drake Caggiula—Josh Currie—Anton Slepyshev
  • L3: Scott Allen—Jujhar Khaira—Tyler Pitlick
  • L4: Mitch Moroz—Kyle Platzer—Patrick Russell
  • Extras: R Joel Rechlicz, R Greg Chase
  • D1: Griffin Reinhart—Matt Benning
  • D2: David Musil—Dillon Simpson
  • D3: Mark Fraser—Joey Laleggia
  • D4: Frank Simonelli
  • Goal: Laurent Brossoit, Nick Ellis

That would leave Eetu Laurikainen, Ben Bekter, Mikael Tam, Joey Benik, Braden Christoffer and Jaedon Descheneau as the Norfolk Admirals.

We can hope that Scott Allen plays less than Mitchell Moroz, Kyle Platzer and Greg Chase, but Edmonton’s AHL team usually plays their older players more. We should look for Ryan Hamilton, Taylor Beck and Tyler Pitlick to play heavy minutes if tradition holds.

ROOKIE STRAIGHT SHOOTERS (shots per game)

  1. Anton Slepyshev 2.31
  2. Joey Laleggia 1.92
  3. Kyle Platzer 1.69
  4. Darnell Nurse 1.67
  5. Marco Roy 1.62
  6. Braden Christoffer 1.03
  7. Alexis Loiseau 1.00
  8. Greg Chase 0.89
  9. Ben Betker 0.79

Anton Slepyshev is such an interesting player, I keep coming back to him as a wildcard option on RW this season. Todd McLellan liked him last year, and despite not getting much done offensively that SOG number is good. Joey Laleggia also posted an interesting total, he remains a longshot but this is a nice total. Platzer and the rest of the forwards? Time on ice impacts the totals.

WHO WILL LEAD THE CONDORS IN SCORING IN 2016-17?

This is easy to answer: Look for an AHL veteran. Here are the leading scorers over the last five AHL seasons for Edmonton farm teams:

  • 2015-16: Matt Ford (30) 64, 27-24-51
  • 2014-15: Andrew Miller (25) 63, 27-33-60
  • 2013-14: Anton Lander (22) 46, 18-34-52
  • 2012-13: Mark Arcobello (24) 74, 22-46-68
  • 2011-12: Ryan Keller (27) 71, 21-28-49

If I had to choose an Oilers prospect (ala Lander) to win the Condors scoring crown? Anton Slepyshev. I say that because the most promising offensive forward (Drake Caggiula) is a lock for the NHL if he can score at the AHL level.

CONDORS OPENING NIGHT ROSTER 2015-16

Condors opening night 2015-161

Last year, the roster opening night boasted Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Laurent Brossoit, Jordan Oesterle, Iiro Pakarinen and Jujhar Khaira. I don’t think the Condors will have as many top end prospects opening night this season, could be wrong.

No surprise. Expect an announcement confirming McDavid as Oilers captain by month’s end.

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34 Responses to "BAKERSFIELD CONDORS 2016-17"

  1. JJS says:

    McD – wow. Good for him. It is exciting that his story is just beginning. I am 43 so was in my early teens when Gretz ran the town. I didn’t fully appreciate his impact at the time (true for all things at that age I guess). So I plan to sit back with my kids and soak in the next 10-15 years in full glow. We deserve it.

  2. Tire Fire says:

    McD: Really excited to seem his speed live, managed to snag a ticked to the game vs. Russia the week after next.

  3. fuzzy muppet says:

    So is anyone watching McDavid tonight?

  4. Lowetide says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    So is anyone watching McDavid tonight?

    I will probably tune in, I guess (all televisions are on it!)

  5. fuzzy muppet says:

    So McDavid will go head-to-head against Kopitar and Chara.

  6. Younger Oil says:

    Is it just me, or does McDavid seem visibly bigger?

    Been electrifying in his first two shifts.

  7. fuzzy muppet says:

    Conner is already dominating. I hold my breath every time he rushes up the ice

  8. G Money says:

    Just finishing off my look at off hand wingers.

    Both Slappy and Taylor Beck are right hand shots, and are listed by the NHL as left wingers.

  9. striatic says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Conner is already dominating.I hold my breath every time he rushes up the ice

    The brilliant thing about McDavid is he attacks the zone with such speed that even if the defender successfully fends off the initial attack he’ll end up pushed back behind his own net, discombobulated, resulting in chaos time to McDavid’s team’s benefit.

  10. G Money says:

    Geezus, getting out of breath just watching these guys going back and forth.

  11. fuzzy muppet says:

    Team NA looks insanely fast.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Fun period. NA was on the forecheck for the first 10 minutes and dominated. McDavid is a blur.

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Drai looks like Europes most dangerous forward.

    Nuge looks good too.

    That McDavid guy, hes ok I guess. 😉

  14. Centre of attention says:

    Chara looks like an old geezer waiving his cane at kids on his lawn. “You damn whipper-snappers!!” Haha.

  15. dessert1111 says:

    How much does Rieder eventually sign for? Man I dig him as a middle 6 RW.

    Good pursuit by RNH on that goal

  16. Centre of attention says:

    Nuge scores. Has looked good for a “third liner” haha

  17. russ99 says:

    The North America team looks pretty solid,

    Just a joy to see McDavid turn on the jets after a long offseason.

  18. hunter1909 says:

    MacT’s sending Ralph a congratulatory Skype call after the game.

  19. G Money says:

    The Nuge goal was

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins)

    Now we know who the ideal winger for RNH is … it’s RNH.

  20. hunter1909 says:

    I like watching these guys play. No time for the coaches to fuck everything up with their stupid ideas.

  21. wheatnoil says:

    G Money:
    The Nuge goal was

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins)

    Now we know who the ideal winger for RNH is … it’s RNH.

    Sure but was it the off-hand right winger that got the primary assist or the left-winger?

  22. hunter1909 says:

    “Fuck it! I’m taking this team back to Edmonton” Todd Nelson

  23. stush18 says:

    hunter1909:
    “Fuck it! I’m taking this team back to Edmonton” Todd Nelson

    Todd mclellans team will play out of the old arena against Todd Nelson at rogers

  24. Kitchener says:

    Tuning in for the third. Finally, a hockey!

  25. Kitchener says:

    G Money:
    The Nuge goal was

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins)

    Now we know who the ideal winger for RNH is … it’s RNH.

    If Ovie can play LW and RW, so can Nuge.

  26. Oilspill says:

    God Sekara is bad one on one.

  27. flyfish1168 says:

    Build the team around speed and skill. This can be a winning formula

  28. Greg says:

    His nickname should be MachDavid. So simple.

  29. Ryan says:

    Please someone give a link if it’s not over.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Ryan:
    Please someone give a link if it’s not over.

    ]Over.

  31. JJS says:

    Chia – please don’t trade for Chara. That is all.

  32. Lowetide says:

    JJS:
    Chia – please don’t trade for Chara.That is all.

    I have watched Chara since forever. He was elderly slow tonight.

  33. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Just watching on tape delay. First takeaway: McDavid looks bigger and stronger. And, impossibly, faster.

  34. Gerta Rauss says:

    Greg:
    His nickname should be MachDavid. So simple.

    2 thumbs up

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