It’s all hands on deck for the Bakersfield Condors right now, as the playoff race is coming down to the wire in the AHL Pacific. A loss to Manitoba on Tuesday night has the Stockton Heat within two points of Bakersfield for the final playoff spot in the division.
Coach Gerry Fleming wasn’t pleased with the parade to the penalty box, as described in this story by Mike Griffith for Bakersfield.com. Interesting item at the end of that piece, and confirmed by StatenIslandlive.com: New signing Joe Gambardella will join the Condors right away for the stretch drive. He will come in on a PTO, as his contract won’t kick in until next season.
CONDORS LINES FROM LAST NIGHT (MARCH SCORING)
- Joey Laleggia (11, 4-7-11); Anton Lander (11, 5-7-12); Jesse Puljujarvi (11, 3-5-8)
- Jaedon Descheneau (11, 4-5-9); Josh Currie (11, 4-2-6); Justin Fontaine (9, 2-6-8)
- Scott Allen (11, 1-2-3); Brodie Dupont (11, 0-4-4); Patrick Russell (11, 2-2-4)
- Braden Christoffer (6, 3-0-3); Mark Olver (8, 0-3-3); Greg Chase (10, 2-4-6)
There are several prospects who are showing well right now, including Joey Laleggia, Jesse Puljujarvi and Greg Chase. Even Braden Christoffer has shown some signs of life.
Slepyshev is really struggling on the wall in his own end. Can't make a simple play. Puljujarvi??
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) March 29, 2017
Ryan Rishaug’s tweet last night caught my interest, and now Jouni Nieminen has an article up that offers a hint about it. I do think there’s a chance we see Puljujarvi up here by the end of the season. All of Iiro Pakarinen, Jujhar Khaira and Anton Slepyshev have received playing time recently, and we could see a Puljujarvi recall any day now.