ARRIVING CONDORS

by Lowetide

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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Tarkus

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).

v4ance

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.

RicaGreaser

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?

Professor Q

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.

JD_Wry

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

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

Professor Q

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…

N64

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)

RexLibris

Six way tie for last in the NHL.

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

N64

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.

Johnny Larue

Ducks lose challenge goaltender interference no goal

Johnny Larue

Coyotes challenge

Johnny Larue

5-2 Ducks PP Maroon

Johnny Larue

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

Centre of attention

7-2. Condors look like the Sens last night

Hockey’s a funny game.

Johnny Larue

4-2 Cogs scores

Centre of attention

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

Johnny Larue

3-2 Ducks

Centre of attention

Silly play by Miller.

Bad goal on Lauri

Pouzar

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

Pouzar

Looks like Platzer is centering Slepy/McRae

and Ford is centering Hamilton/Miller

Pouzar

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.

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.

Pouzar

YAY Currie!

5-2

Centre of attention

Currie to the backhand 5-2

StevieG_8

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.

Johnny Larue

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

Pouzar

JetsNation
‏@NHLJetsNation
Jackets win!

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

Centre of attention

Pouzar:
Suck it Flames.

Jackets win 2-1.

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

Pouzar

Suck it Flames.

Jackets win 2-1.

GrandOptimist

719,

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

OilLeak

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

Pouzar

Beauty rush by Slepy. Skill was on display there.

Centre of attention

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

OilLeak

Condors going full Oiler right now

Centre of attention

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.

Pouzar

PP Goal

5-1

Pouzar

Condors are sleepwalking right now.

Rondo

Lowetide,

Thank you

BONVIE

Im witnessing some awful defense.

Pouzar

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.

Pouzar

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.

Pouzar

That was ugly.

4-1 Admirals

Centre of attention

Condors look like November ’14 Oilers.

OilLeak

Pouzar,

Miller is a center as well

Pouzar

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.

Pouzar

e2 IN

Pouzar

LB beat 5 hole.

3-1

MrEd

Pouzar,

Whew.

Centre of attention

Pouzar:
Not sure why Platzer is not playing Center

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