Although we’re early days in Oilers training camp, it’s not too early to make the call on most of the roster. That means we can also project the Bakersfield Condors roster and look at some tough battles for playing time.
- Nick Ellis (23). He played a lot (his 34 games for Bakersfield led the team) .918SP.
- Edward Pasquale (26). He has been generally effective over six AHL seasons.
- Shane Starrett (23). Good numbers at Air Force Academy (.924 and .925).
- Ryan Stanton (28). I think we’ll see 10-20 games in the NHL, solid play the rest of the time in Bakersfield.
- Keegan Lowe (24). I think Lowe is going to push higher than people expect.
- Ziyat Paigin (22). The big Russian is going to see a lot of action in Bakersfield.
- Caleb Jones (20). Plenty of opportunities to move up the depth chart from the AHL.
- Ben Betker (22). Gigantic human (6.06, 228) turns 23 in the fall, so his time is now.
- Mark Fayne (30). Veteran defender could play an important mentor role and play some in the NHL.
- Dillon Simpson (24). A steady player and a possible recall to Edmonton.
- Ethan Bear (20). The best thing for him is probably an entire season in Bakersfield.
- Ryan Mantha (21). He impressed Oilers brass early in training camp, might get interesting.
- Brad Malone (28). Malone is a fine checking center and a solid PK man and faceoff performer.
- Grayson Downing (25). 60 AHL games and 40-45 points for Bakersfield’s true skill center.
- Josh Currie (24). He will be a major player in Bakersfield and is likely to outperform at least one of the names above him.
- Kyle Platzer (22). Final season of entry deal, no idea how they’ll use him.
- Chad Butcher (21). Impressed during rookie camp.
- Joey Laleggia (25). His impressive scoring ability after moving to forward should make Laleggia a feature player in Bakersfield.
- Joe Gambardella (23). He’s going to play a feature role in the AHL based on the current depth chart.
- Ryan Hamilton: AHL veteran may play lesser role.
- Evan Polei (21). Polei is a fascinating prospect, caught the Oilers attention in Penticton.
- Braden Christoffer (23). The rambunctious winger enters his third AHL season.
- Zach O’Brien. Mostly unknown to us, perhaps he sees time in Wichita.
- Ty Rattie (24). He can score goals at the AHL level, may get an NHL shot during the year.
- Mitch Callahan (26). Rugged winger with skill, he’ll play a lot.
- Patrick Russell (24). He had some bad shooting luck a year ago but played a lot and helped out in areas like the penalty kill.
- Greg Chase (22). Agitating winger with some skill, will he play a lot? We wait.
- Brian Ferlin (25). He’s coming off some injury issues (that’s putting it mildly) so is a very difficult player to project.
- Dave Gust (23). AHL contract and an NCAA grad from Ohio State. Didn’t get an NHL invite, that might be telling.