It’s possible—unlikely, but possible—the Edmonton Oilers will feature a couple of former Bakersfield Condors among the 14 forwards in the opening night lineup. A lot of attention has been paid to Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, even Kailer Yamamoto. Let’s spend a little time talking Josh Currie, Joe Gambardella and Patrick Russell.
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- New Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi’s biggest hurdles: Bad timing and the indifference of the Oilers.
- Lowetide: Projecting the Oilers 2019-20 Opening Night Lineup
- Lowetide: Revisiting the Oilers’ 2016 draft and the opportunities missed
- Lowetide: Examining the potential waiver-wire opportunities at hand for the Oilers
- Lowetide: Cooper Marody’s utility gives him an edge for an Oilers roster spot in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster construction options for the Oilers over the next seven months.
- Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto has the talent to win a job with the Oilers on merit, if he’s healthy.
- Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi still has upside and the Oilers’ patient approach is the right one
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- Lowetide: Handicapping the Oilers’ young defencemen and their chances of replacing Andrej Sekera
- Lowetide: Is Kirill Maksimov progressing as the Edmonton Oilers’ next great hope for a true homegrown sniper?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers ease pressure on crowded defensive pipeline by trading John Marino to the Penguins
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the 2021-22 Oilers might look like after their steady build toward contender status
- Lowetide: Joel Persson is ideally situated to win an opening night roster spot with the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ opening night lineup, line combinations and more.
- Lowetide: Oilers’ acquisition of James Neal could add badly needed scoring to the top two lines.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland puts his stamp on the Oilers with first big move in Lucic-Neal trade
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Holland ends an ugly situation for the Oilers by trading Milan Lucic for James Neal
- Jonathan Willis: Which Oilers defencemen can make an outlet pass?
- Lowetide: Looking ahead to Oilers training camp: 35 players for 23 jobs
- Jonathan Willis: Josh Archibald won’t fix the Oilers’ biggest problems, but he’ll help with some key issues.
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
If I’ve guessed correctly on my RE, the Oilers will waive Brandon Manning, Keegan Lowe, Brad Malone, Joe Gambardella, Patrick Russell and Josh Currie in the days leading up to opening night. There’s a lot of utility among the forwards, and we might see one in the group sneak onto the opening night roster (or be recalled during the year). Here are the NHL numbers from a year ago:
These are small sample sizes (Currie 181 minutes) but each of these three men made their NHL debuts and played well enough for us to talk about them as recall options during the 2019-20 season. Eric Rodgers’ time on ice estimates give us an even better chance to drill down on AHL scorers, and his work on the 2018-19 Condors was revealing:
Even strength points are the great equalizer, and the three forwards we’re discussing today show very well against Marody and Benson. I can see the three older Condors getting work on the depth lines, while the kids spend more time in Bakersfield waiting for the call.
Marody is the top player in this group, but he’ll either play on a skill line or return to Bakersfield. It’s going to come down to foot speed, for Marody and for Benson. Yamamoto’s injuries impacted his offense and I do believe he’s a lock to start the year in Bakersfield. I really liked Gambardella on the forecheck, and Currie had more skill than I thought he would at the NHL level. The Oilers badly need depth (along with quality) in an effort to finally find a balanced roster. These mid-20’s forwards may help.
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