Jesse Puljujarvi was the most successful recall this season by the Edmonton Oilers. Fans got to see the big Finn, a surprising 20-year old defender and a veteran winger still trying to break into the show at age 25. It’s not close to where it needs to be but the Condors sent their best to the show.
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CONDORS RECALLS, THE FINAL ROLL
- October 7 recall Anton Slepyshev (50, 6-6-12)
- October 15 recall Brad Malone (7, 0-0-0)
- November 10 recall Jesse Puljujarvi (65, 12-8-20)
- November 29 recall Nick Ellis (did not play)
- February 10 recall Keegan Lowe (2, 0-0-0)
- February 24 recall Ty Rattie (15, 5-4-9)
- February 27 recall Ethan Bear (18, 1-3-4)
- March 19 recall Dillon Simpson (did not play)
GERRY FLEMING’S GRADUATES
With due respect to Bakersfield fans, Fleming’s job is to develop prospects for the NHL team and through three seasons the list of graduates is impressive. In giving credit to the AHL coaching staff, it’s important to be realistic in evaluating how much influence they have on a specific prospect. We can’t give Fleming credit for Leon Draisiatl (six games) or Darnell Nurse (nine games), but we should be able to establish a reasonable measure of influence. Here are the men who played at least 50 games under Fleming in the AHL and have played at least 25 (10 for goalies) games in the NHL at this time:
- Tyler Pitlick: 51 AHL games, 138 NHL games
- Anton Slepyshev: 59 AHL games, 102 NHL games
- Jujhar Khaira: 76 AHL games, 94 NHL games
- Jesse Puljujarvi: 49 AHL games, 93 NHL games
- Jordan Oesterle: 153 AHL games, 80 NHL games
- Brad Hunt: 142 AHL games, 78 NHL games
- Griffin Reinhart: 84 AHL games, 37 NHL games
- Laurent Brossoit: 131 AHL games, 28 NHL games
You can only coach the players given, and there wasn’t a lot of talent on this year’s team. Fleming was an assistant coach for the 2008-09 Springfield Falcons. It had more prospects than this year’s Condors. That team featured Devan Dubnyk, Rob Schremp, Ryan Potulny, Ryan Stone, Slava Trukhno, J-F Jacques, Gilbert Brule, Colin McDonald, Taylor Chorney, Theo Peckham, Ryan O’Marra, Liam Reddox. That is 12, only Devan Dubnyk made it in a big way. I think Jesse Puljujarvi will have a handsome career in the NHL, but after that there are no sure things.
I think we can give credit to Fleming for Jujhar Khaira, and Peter Chiarelli said Jesse Puljujarvi was improved after returning from California. I think that’s fair. Anton Slepyshev performed as well for Fleming (per 82 AHL games, Sleppy is 22-19-43) as he did in the NHL (now 102, 10-13-23). I think Ethan Bear (not listed) is also a player who flourished under Fleming. The other thing you can say about Fleming’s callups is they seem to hit the ice ready to perform. Khaira to Rattie these guys help. Puljujarvi was fire on ice when he arrived.
Assistant coaching candidates
My favorite candidate: Rocky Thompson. Smart and with a growing resume, I think he would be a good addition. Met him years ago, he was wicked smart and I expect that remains true. Bright people, good ideas. They never go out of style. Todd Nelson we all like, I liked Craig Ramsay and Billy Moores (he’s probably the smartest of the bunch).
I think Craig MacTavish would be a brilliant assistant coach. I don’t know if he is wired to do it and you would have to threaten him with violence if he tried to take over the power play, but man that guy is smart. I also like Charlie Huddy as an option but he isn’t coming back.
Trent Yawney worked on McLellan’s staff in San Jose, I’ve read good things about him.
36 save shutout by nerves of steel Stuart Skinner and the @SCBroncos get their first back-to-back wins of the playoffs taking it 2-0 in Moose Jaw tonight. A gutsy road win shutting down the league's highest scoring team again. The Broncos now lead the series 3-2. Post-game now.
— Shawn Mullin (@shawnmullin) April 14, 2018
Stuart Skinner is sporting a .931 save percentage in the WHL playoffs, trailing only Carter Hart among regulars. He was .914 during the regular season for Swift Current (after coming over from Lethbridge) and continues to build his resume as the best goalie in the system. I’ll speak to Shawn Mullin about Skinner (and the series) on Saturday Sports Extra at 3:05 today.
- Elliotte Friedman to Bob Stauffer via 630 CHED: “Like if he says, ‘I want to do this trade,’ can he just do it. Every GM – and he’s the president of hockey ops too – everybody has a boss, right. But I do wonder if there’s anything been done to say, ‘Before you do this, we need to run it through some people.’ Source
This is nuts. If this is true, then this will end in absolute disaster. I don’t believe in this kind of thing and if the Oilers management have this arrangement they’ll deserve their fate. If you don’t believe in the general manager, you can fire him today, with cause. This is the simplest business move in the book. However, if you bring the man back then at least give him all of the tools required to make things happen. We don’t know what we don’t know, but to my mind this is just strange enough to be true. What a way to run a railroad.