The Bakersfield Condors dispatched Colorado last night and are on to National City and the San Diego Gulls. Tyler Benson and Evan Bouchard were part of the solution and will be needed against Dallas Eakins and his birds of a different feather. Next stop: The Pacific Ocean.
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- New Lowetide: ‘I see something special’: Are Oilers prepared to make Caleb Jones a fixture on the roster next season?
- New Jonathan Willis: Gritty comeback performance sends Edmonton’s farm team to the second round of the AHL playoffs.
- New Lowetide: Dylan Cozens might be ideal fit for Oilers at No. 8 overall in the 2019 draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Hard to please, but easy to work for’: How Sean Burke’s philosophy as a GM would benefit the Oilers.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A dogged realist, Kelly McCrimmon’s resume makes him an attractive candidate for the Oilers GM job
- New Lowetide: Is this the season the Oilers take the plunge and draft a USHL player in the first round?
- Jonathan Willis: Top Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard stars in his first AHL game as Condors dominate.
- Lowetide: Adam Larsson’s importance to the Oilers and why trading him is a bad idea.
- Lowetide: Tyler Benson’s comparables offer Oilers fans plenty of hope for the future.
- Lowetide: Making the call on the Oilers’ RFAs with a new general manager on the way.
- Lowetide: Red Wings front office shuffle could impact Oilers’ future.
- Jonathan Willis: Potential coaching candidates and why the Oilers don’t need to rush the GM search to get one
- Lowetide: What would Glen Sather do with these Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Some creative solutions to address the Oilers’ goalie problem
- Lowetide: The Milan Lucic saga rolls into Year 4 for Oilers with no easy answers
- Jonathan Willis: Who stays and who goes? An early projection of which players will remain on the Oilers’ roster in 2019-20
- Lowetide: How high can these Condors fly?
- Lowetide: The Oilers possible summer trade pieces, and which longtime players might be saying goodbye.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ten prospects likely to be available when the Oilers make their first-round pick.
Tyler Benson grabbed a couple of assists and Brad Malone went 1-2-3 in last night’s win, as the absolutely filthy Colorado Eagles finally saw their season end. Evan Bouchard scored a huge goal early in the third period and it sparked a four-goal outburst for the Condors. Cooper Marody suffered an injury courtesy former Oilers’ farmhand Kale Kessy, and that may impact the next series.
The experience all of these prospects are getting this spring has been previously unavailable to Condors prospects. Hopefully it will be a springboard for those who are close or ready (Caleb Jones, etc) and help the players who have some distance to go shorten the journey.
LOWETIDE 110 FOR 2019
I follow the draft closely and the U18 tournament winding up today in Sweden is the last big chance for kids to move up in the rankings. That has been the tradition for many years but this spring it’s the American kids who are moving up (in my opinion).
You’ll notice players like Trevor Zigras, Cole Caufield and Matthew Boldy sliding up on my list, my suspicion is they’ll move even higher on lists like Bob McKenzie. As an example, BM had Caufield No. 18 on the mid-season list, and if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly this young scorer will land near or inside the top 10 on final lists. That isn’t merely a ‘saw him good’ eye test, Caufield is breaking records with his rampant scoring.
European players will become more prominent on my list between now and June 1, when the list gets put to bed. When the lottery placed the Oilers at No. 8, my belief was the team was just outside the top tier. Now, with the possibility that Caufield, Zegras and Boldy could join Hughes and Turcotte inside the top 10, Edmonton may get a player like Dylan Cozens (wrote about him at The Athletic, link above) or even one of those USHL wizards who have created such a stir.