Game 1 Pacific Division Finals: Gulls at Condors

It’s another battle of free birds in the AHL’s Pacific Division, although this time the opponent is formidable. Dallas Eakins’ and his San Diego Gulls won 36 games this season and boast rising star Sam Steel as offensive leader. The Condors under Jay Woodcroft boast another legendary Edmonton name from midget days (Tyler Benson). This is going to be a fun series.

OILERS NUMBERS FROM ROUND ONE

These games are important, especially if Ken Holland is named general manager next week. It’s important for him to get a look at the Condors (and Dmitri Samorukov in the OHL) before everyone’s season runs out.

TRACERS

That’s the opening night lineup for the Bakersfield Condors, it was a fabulous games. Condors won their first AHL regular season game against the Grand Rapids Griffins. It was a very good game (1-0, winner by Andrew Miller) and there were some noteworthy performances:

*Laurent Brossoit, 31 saves and the shutout.

*Andrew Miller, scored a goal, +1 and four shots.

*Iiro Pakarinen, an assist (and a big role in the goal) +1 and five shots.

*Darnell Nurse, +1 and four shots on goal.

*Leon Draisaitl, +1 and let ’em know he was there.

*Jujhar Khaira, three shots and won battles. Seems to be on the rise.

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69 Responses to "Game 1 Pacific Division Finals: Gulls at Condors"

  1. leadfarmer says:

    I thought the legendary name from the midget days was Yamamoto

    I’ll be here all night

    Try the fish

  2. leadfarmer says:

    Never listen to LT
    He told us being Bogdan was cool
    Now I have 3 sons named Bogdan and they hate me

  3. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    Never listen to LT
    He told us being Bogdan was cool
    Now I have 3 sons named Bogdan and they hate me

    Lol. My three children, Marc-Antoine, MARC AntOINE and marc-ANToine don’t know what you’re talking about!

  4. Rebillled says:

    leadfarmer,

    My 3 sons are named Satan because of Miroslav. Miroslav, yeah that’s the ticket..

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Still no word on the Condors’ lineup and, in particular, Marody – I’ve got a feeling he’s not going to be dressing and that will (would) be a big blow.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Unless Bouchard is able to earn not-sheltered minutes during the Condors’ playoff run and play a good stretch of games with such un-sheltered minutes and essentially blow the doors off the AHL then, yes, absolutely, Bouchard should start in the AHL next year.

    There is nothing he can do during training camp and the exhibition season to show that he is NHL ready. We’ve seen examples year after year after year where great exhibition performances throughout the preseason by young high skilled prospects mean absolutely nothing as far as NHL readiness – Yamamoto, Puljujarvi, Bouchard, McLeod, etc.

    A plus AHL performance will mean much more than anything Bouchard can do during training camp – I actually expect him to be close to a PPG during camp and look like one of the top 4 d-men – will not mean anything as far as NHL readiness.

    Further, because we just won’t know if he is NHL ready (subject to information during the AHL playoff run), they must be risk-adverse with this prospect. There is zero risk in starting him in the AHL and there is risk of starting him in the NHL. Its not like the Oilers don’t have options for where Bouchard would play if he did make the team – the likes of Jones, Persson and Bear, all players that have at least two years of pro experience and are playing well in their pro leagues. Lagesson too if they would shift Sekera to 3RD is an option.

    Be risk adverse – start him in the AHL, let him play real top 4 minutes for 40 games. If he’s blowing the doors off the AHL then he becomes and option.

  7. buck yoakam says:

    Rebillled,

    my three sons…I know…give the wood brothers a listen…”up above my head”…or anything they do…

  8. Nit64 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Unless Bouchard is able to earn not-sheltered minutes during the Condors’ playoff run and play a good stretch of games with such un-sheltered minutes and essentially blow the doors off the AHL then, yes, absolutely, Bouchard should start in the AHL next year.

    There is nothing he can do during training camp and the exhibition season to show that he is NHL ready. We’ve seen examples year after year after year where great exhibition performances throughout the preseason by young high skilled prospects mean absolutely nothing as far as NHL readiness – Yamamoto, Puljujarvi, Bouchard, McLeod, etc.

    A plus AHL performance will mean much more than anything Bouchard can do during training camp – I actually expect him to be close to a PPG during camp and look like one of the top 4 d-men – will not mean anything as far as NHL readiness.

    Further, because we just won’t know if he is NHL ready (subject to information during the AHL playoff run), they must be risk-adverse with this prospect. There is zero risk in starting him in the AHL and there is risk of starting him in the NHL. Its not like the Oilers don’t have options for where Bouchard would play if he did make the team – the likes of Jones, Persson and Bear, all players that have at least two years of pro experience and are playing well in their pro leagues. Lagesson too if they would shift Sekera to 3RD is an option.

    Be risk adverse – start him in the AHL, let him play real top 4 minutes for 40 games. If he’s blowing the doors off the AHL then he becomes and option.

    ~ Plagiarist! Some guy named OP said that word for word yesterday ~

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yup, relevant to the Athletic piece LT linked to and, of course, tonight’s game.

  10. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Unless Bouchard is able to earn not-sheltered minutes during the Condors’ playoff run and play a good stretch of games with such un-sheltered minutes and essentially blow the doors off the AHL then, yes, absolutely, Bouchard should start in the AHL next year.

    There is nothing he can do during training camp and the exhibition season to show that he is NHL ready. We’ve seen examples year after year after year where great exhibition performances throughout the preseason by young high skilled prospects mean absolutely nothing as far as NHL readiness – Yamamoto, Puljujarvi, Bouchard, McLeod, etc.

    A plus AHL performance will mean much more than anything Bouchard can do during training camp – I actually expect him to be close to a PPG during camp and look like one of the top 4 d-men – will not mean anything as far as NHL readiness.

    Further, because we just won’t know if he is NHL ready (subject to information during the AHL playoff run), they must be risk-adverse with this prospect. There is zero risk in starting him in the AHL and there is risk of starting him in the NHL. Its not like the Oilers don’t have options for where Bouchard would play if he did make the team – the likes of Jones, Persson and Bear, all players that have at least two years of pro experience and are playing well in their pro leagues. Lagesson too if they would shift Sekera to 3RD is an option.

    Be risk adverse – start him in the AHL, let him play real top 4 minutes for 40 games. If he’s blowing the doors off the AHL then he becomes and option.

    Thank you OP. Saves me the trouble and grief of telling people to be patient and wait for Evan to be NHL ready in the important thing.

  11. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide: Lol. My three children, Marc-Antoine, MARC AntOINE and marc-ANToine don’t know what you’re talking about!

    I think having Diane Lane as a mother caused more issues

  12. PinkSocks says:

    Lowetide: Lol. My three children, Marc-Antoine, MARC AntOINE and marc-ANToine don’t know what you’re talking about!

    My four sons are named Taylor, Linus, Magnus, and Jordan. Now all HOPE is gone.

  13. Bulging Twine says:

    Shane Starrett against Jeff Glass tonight. Ryan McLeod is taking warmups, but looks like Condors will go 11 and 7 with Nolan Vesey making his playoff debut. No Marody. Esposito will center Benson and Currie.
    -Ryan Holt

  14. JJS says:

    Well, at least Eberle has played his way back into our price range…

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Vesey over Hebig – interesting.

    Going to be tough without Marody – Damn you Kesey!!

    ———-

    Ryan Holt

    Verified account

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    Shane Starrett against Jeff Glass tonight. Ryan McLeod is taking warmups, but looks like Condors will go 11 and 7 with Nolan Vesey making his playoff debut. No Marody. Esposito will center Benson and Currie.

  16. Bulging Twine says:

    Carolina lowest payroll in league

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Things will come full circle – a few years back, Eberle was traded in the name of cap space which was used shortly thereafter for the $4M X 4 Kris Russell contract and, now, once the Oilers dispose of Russell for $4M in cap space, they can sign Eberle at $4M X 3!

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Joe G/Malone/Russell
    Benson-Esposito-Currie
    Polei/Vesel/Gust
    Vesey/XXX/Callaghan

    Lagesson-Jones
    Stanton/Day
    Lowe-Bouchad-Bear.

  19. Bulging Twine says:

    Street – Carrick – Tropp
    Jones – Steel – Sherwood
    DeLeo – Kossila – Kloos
    Comtois – Lundestrom – Roy

    Megna – Murphy
    Benoit – Larsson
    Welinski – Mahura

  20. Bulging Twine says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Joe G/Malone/Russell
    Benson-Esposito-Currie
    Polei/Vesel/Gust
    Vesey/XXX/Callaghan

    Lagesson-Jones
    Stanton/Day
    Lowe-Bouchad-Bear.

    big game for Esposito

    Woody doesn’t yet trust Bouch enough to give him a regular shift/ The real tell will be game #2

  21. OriginalPouzar says:

    Both teams seems to be showing rust from their layoffs (although it was really just standard AHL scheduling) – about 8 whistles (offsides and icings through 5 minutes).

  22. Bulging Twine says:

    How much is Bouch playing?

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bouchard with one 20-25 second shift through the first 10.

    Benson took a shift there with Malone and Russell – it was off a media time out as well – hope Joe G is OK and it was just an 11F thing….

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    There is Joe – all good.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Starrett with a big save on a quick strike break – good stuff.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bulging Twine: big game for Esposito

    Woody doesn’t yet trust Bouch enough to give him a regular shift/The real tell will be game #2

    Two even strength shifts for about 60 seconds plus one PP shift in the first.

    To be clear, I’m not complaining by posting this, just providing the facts/info for those that aren’t watching.

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    To be clear, I’m not complaining by posting this, just providing the facts/info for those that aren’t watching.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Starrett with another breakaway save.

  29. leadfarmer says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this
    I don’t mind this Stars team

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Whoa – things are getting physical out there. Gust with a massive hit – he’s getting a PIM for it, shouldn’t be, but he is – started a pretty big melee. From what I saw, he just got the pass recipient with his head down. No replays though.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan Holt, with access to replays, is adamant it was clean.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful feed from Russell to Malone for a SH goal and the Condors lead 1-0.

  33. Lowetide says:

    Malone has been a beast this spring.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Malone is an all-star level player at the AHL level.

  35. leadfarmer says:

    Bishop decides to make the game interesting

  36. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    To be clear, I’m not complaining by posting this, just providing the facts/info for those that aren’t watching.

    Thanks OP, it is very much appreciated!

  37. bwar says:

    Heading to overtime, pretty good hockey tonight. Both teams have been good at limiting chances tonight, overtime will be interesting.

  38. Lucic n Chong says:

    Starrett with several big saves. Condors on their heels.

  39. SVR says:

    Too bad Yamamoto missed so much time to injury this season. Tough for development. Oh well, if he hs a good summer of training and a good camp, maybe he gets a shot with the big club

  40. bwar says:

    SVR,

    With less progress than other players this season, I think he will start in the AHL no matter how good his training camp is.

  41. Lucic n Chong says:

    Condors had a PP with zone time but not really any good looks. Bouchard with a short shift to start the PP.
    9:39 left in OT1

  42. dolenator says:

    Crowd has some energy the boys have some great fans

  43. dolenator says:

    After tonight i would be surprised if we dont see 12 forwards tomorrow

  44. dolenator says:

    A little push back from the boys as 1st ot winds down

  45. dolenator says:

    Some wide open hockey and big save by starret

  46. dolenator says:

    Going to double ot

  47. dolenator says:

    Shit jones down and not getting up

  48. Lucic n Chong says:

    Caleb Jones stayed down behind the play and went straight down the tunnel.

  49. Nit64 says:

    Portland beats Nuggets in 4 OT

  50. bwar says:

    Nit64:
    Portland beats Nuggets in 4 OT

    Wrong sport, headed to 3OT in Bakersfield.

  51. Lucic n Chong says:

    3OT coming up in the Bake.
    Gambardella had a few good chances to end it that period but couldn’t cash.
    Jones hasn’t returned, Bouchard now taking a regular shift in his place.
    Ryan Holt is apparently quite hungry.

  52. dolenator says:

    Looking like it’s going to be a late one tonight. Condors looked better in the 2nd ot. Jones back in the game, go Condors go

  53. v4ance says:

    If this keeps up, OP will wake up and be able to watch the end of the game…

  54. dolenator says:

    Huge chance for Esposito

  55. dolenator says:

    Poli with a partial break away but no dice

  56. dolenator says:

    Who needs sleep

  57. bwar says:

    No clue how this game is still going.

  58. Lucic n Chong says:

    This nail-biter going to a 4OT.

    Condors with the better chances that period.

  59. dolenator says:

    How many hard core fans seeing this out to the end

  60. Oz says:

    dolenator,

    Me and I am not watching, but I need an Oiler win 😎

  61. dolenator says:

    Now 6th longest game

  62. dolenator says:

    Sorry 5th

  63. dolenator says:

    Crap game over bad guys

  64. Lucic n Chong says:

    F#%*

    Comtois scores, Gulls win @ 4:20 of 4OT

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Holy geez – I went to bed after the 2nd and missed like two hockey games – Condors lost in 4OT.

    Makes tonight’s game 2, massive.

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    SVR:
    Too bad Yamamoto missed so much time to injury this season. Tough for development. Oh well, if he hs a good summer of training and a good camp, maybe he gets a shot with the big club

    I sure hope not – he was sent to the AHL because he needed some solid AHL development time – as should be expected from a rookie pro in his draft plus 2. Unfortunately, because of the injuries, he didn’t really get that AHL development time and he still needs it.

    100% he needs to be in Bakersfield.

    He could lead the exhibition season in scoring and we know, for certainty, that it means nothing as far as NHL readiness.

    He needs to be a Condor in October.

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    v4ance:
    If this keeps up, OP will wake up and be able to watch the end of the game…

    Looks like it ended as I was getting my pre-gym meal ready….. you were very close to being right, crazy!

  68. Oz says:

    Oz,

    Not tonight I guess, but hopefully Holland as GM this week and KG as AGM
    Go Condors

  69. flyfish1168 says:

    That was a 2 for 1 game. I wonder if there is any energy left for tonight’s game

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