How many recalls will Edmonton make from the Bakersfield Condors this winter? I think at least one goalie, two defensemen and a forward will be sent north to Edmonton during the year. That isn’t much in a normal year, but last season’s recall list (Ryan McLeod) came under special circumstances. What can we expect this year?
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THREE AHL COACHES
Julien sent five solid prospects to the NHL and not one of them was a first-round pick. I believe he’s the best in this group, but it isn’t an easy selection. Todd Nelson did a fine job with the group he coached in Oklahoma City over 4+ seasons, and he had some bad luck (Klefbom, Pitlick) with injuries to some of his best prospects. Woodcroft is just getting started, but I like what he’s doing. Seems to me good young players get plenty of action with the Woodcroft Condors.
One interesting item: From the Julien list, I see Horcoff and Pisani as the two men who played the heart of their careers with the Oilers. From the Nelson group, only Oscar Klefbom from the group who played a bigger number of games did it in Edmonton. The Woodcroft list has already been culled by trade, with Yamamoto and Bouchard the most likely to stay.
PROJECTED CONDORS OPENING NIGHT LINEUP
- Brendan Perlini-Dylan Holloway-Cooper Marody
- Raphael Lavoie-Adam Cracknell-Seth Griffith
- Kirill Maksimov-Brad Malone-Ostap Safin
- Tim Soderlund-Luke Esposito-Devin Brosseau
- Extras: James Hamblin, Matteo Gennaro, Dino Kambeitz
- Dmitri Samorukov-William Lagesson
- Philip Broberg-Filip Berglund
- Markus Niemelainen-Vincent Desharnais
- Extras: Yanni Kaldis, Phil Kemp, Mike Kesselring
- Alex Stalock, Stuart Skinner, Ilya Konovalov, Olivier Rodrgiue
If this ends up being the roster for Woodcroft and crew, I would bet the recalls are any and all of Holloway, Perlini, Marody and Lavoie among forwards; Samorukov, Lagesson, Broberg and Niemelainen among defensemen, and Stalock, Skinner and Konovalov from the goalie group.
My opinion is this: Holloway is likely to stay in Bakersfield longer than Leon Draisaitl did at 20. Actually, Draisaitl didn’t play any games at 20 in Bakersfield, he was 19 when playing all six of his AHL games. Turned 20 three days after his final game for the Condors. Holloway plays 20-40 games in the minors and then begins a productive NHL career.
I’m not sure how the Samorukov-Broberg ascension order will go, but expect both will see at least a cup of coffee before the playoffs. Both Mike Zanier and Corey Pronman have suggested to me that Broberg may benefit from some time in the AHL this year, and Samorukov’s KHL season ended with a shoulder injury. Both men likely begin in Bakersfield and we’ll see from there.
Lavoie, Maksimov and Safin will be fighting each other (and some established AHL types) for playing time. In the playoffs, Lavoie posted strong numbers in six games (1-3-4, 24 shots) and Safin (six games, 1-1-2) also played a regular shift. Add Maksimov into the group and there’s an interesting trio of forwards to watch. I won’t predict a recall, but wouldn’t count it out if one of these fellows spikes.
Markus Niemelainen is another defender who could get a cup of coffee. Kesselring and Kemp will need a year at least, that’s my opinion. If either got a call, I’d bet on Kemp who seems to have his game figured out.
In goal, I’m on the Konovalov train but do believe the organization is convinced of Skinner, who had an excellent season in Bakersfield. I can’t wait for the Condors season.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we’ll celebrate Gold for Canada in women’s hockey, shot putt and swimming. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will chat about Raphael Lavoie, Dmitri Samorukov and Marie-Philip Poulin, as hockey begins to take over again with September mornings arriving. Joe Osborne from OddsShark will talk about new betting options in Canada, Super Bowl odds and whether you should bet on the Orioles this week. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!