The Edmonton Oilers are running with 22 players currently, as the team has not chosen to recall a player to replace injured Tyler Pitlick (who is gone for the season). The Condors play tonight, and may make the call after the game or tomorrow morning.
Since Jesse Puljujarvi appears to be the man drawing in due to the injury to Pitlick, and because the extra forward is also a RW (Taylor Beck), we might see an unusual replacement in terms of position. Here are some candidates:
- G Laurent Brossoit. 17gp, 2.72 .909 this year, his SP has taken a beating in the last two games (.571, .783 and .857). Ordinarily, you wouldn’t expect an NHL team to call up a goalie struggling currently, and the team doesn’t play back-to-back until the first full weekend of January. Still, the backup goalie situation remains unresolved.
- C Anton Lander. 10gp, 8-8-16 this year in Bakersfield, he has also played well in Edmonton to my eye. His is 12-3 GF-GA while on the ice at 5×5, splendid number (courtesy Eric Rodgers). I think he represents an upgrade on some current Oilers, especially 4×5.
- C-L Jujhar Khaira. 19gp, 7-8-15 and he is NHL-ready, just waiting for the call. He plays a heavy game and can shoot the puck, so there are differences in his game compared to Lander. That is important, because Todd McLellan may be looking for a specific player-type at a position. He is 13-13 GF-GA at 5×5 this season.
- R Anton Slepyshev. 5gp, 2-5-7 since his demotion, I watched some earlier games on the weekend (couldn’t sleep) and he really is finding a way to make plays with the puck at the NHL level. He is 4-2 5×5 GF-GA while on the ice in Bakersfield.
- Ellis (Brossoit)
The Laleggia Experiment continues, as the diminutive defender moves to LW again. That combination was dynamite last game, hope it continues. The second line is a Saskatchewan Ranchero, maybe they are now curious about Sallinen’s power outage. Third and fourth lines have plenty of prospects, the defense has prospects on the top two pairings and Kid Ellis gets the start. Interesting.
EVEN STRENGTH GF-GA (DEFENSE)
- Dillon Simpson 13-8 +5
- David Musil 16-14 +2
- Ben Betker 10-8 +2
- Joey Laleggia 21-20 +1
- Griffin Reinhart 11-11 E
- Jordan Oesterle 10-12 -2
- Mark Fraser 13-17 -4
Always interesting to see who is doing what, and how many. Dillon Simpson always seems to be on the ice for more good than bad, young Betker is having a nice season. Jordan Oesterle is high event, bet that is the worry.
EVEN STRENGTH GF-GA (FORWARDS)
- Anton Lander 12-3 +9
- Ryan Hamilton 24-16 +8
- Anton Slepyshev 4-2 +2
- Scott Allen 10-9 +1
- Jujhar Khaira 13-13 E
- Patrick Russell 9-9 E
- Jere Sallinen 9-11 -2
- Braden Christoffer 7-9 -2
- Josh Currie 11-14 -3
- Mitch Moroz 3-6 -3
- Greg Chase 1-4 -3
- Kyle Platzer 7-13 -6
- Joey Benik 5-16 -11
- Lander, Khaira, Slepyshev. If the Oilers recall a forward tomorrow, surely it is one of those three men.
- Scott Allen keeps showing up in places.
- Greg Chase has been in 14 AHL games this season, and has been on the ice for five goals.
- Taylor Beck has been in 19 AHL games this season, and has been on the ice for 33 goals.
- Someone isn’t playing a helluva lot.
- Stats via Eric Rodgers, with my thanks.