The San Diego Gulls, the hockey Gods and luck conspired against the Bakersfield Condors on the weekend and the team finds itself down 2-0 and on the road in the Pacific Division finals. This is the part of the western where our hero looks at his young partner and says “we’re up against it, little Joe, I’m not gonna lie to you.” Can the Condors shoot their way out of trouble?
Ken Holland will be in attendance tonight, I hope all these kids impress. I hope Logan Day and Evan Polei play well enough to get NHL contracts, and that Tyler Benson plays well enough to wedge his name somewhere in Holland’s furrowed brow for the rest of the summer and into fall.
Ken Holland will be looking for speed merchants, that means Caleb Jones is going to stand out. He’s going to look for the head man pass, Evan Bouchard’s wheelhouse. A big chance for young Ryan McLeod, who will play on the big line.
Don’t get too excited about tonight’s lineup, chances are fewer players than hoped for will make the NHL. What Oilers fans badly need is for Holland to identify the Brossoit, Oesterle, Khaira and Pitlick from the group and retain them for the long haul. The famous sentence has two parts to it: Get good players, keep good players.