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Farm report: As extra goaltending rumours swirl in Edmonton, Olivier Rodrigue practically steals the present in Bakersfield

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With the Oilers having a mandated off-day firstly of a uncommon five-day schedule break, commerce hypothesis was again on the entrance burner in Edmonton. On a day that one potential commerce goal, Montreal’s Sam Montembault, signed a 3-year extension with the Habs, consideration turned again to Columbus the place the Oilers had a cadre of accredited personnel for the third sport in a row.

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In the long run, solely one of many three reps, goaltending scout Jeff Salajko,, really attended the sport as per Sportsnet‘s Mark Spector.

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Salajko obtained an eyeful of potential commerce match Elvis Merzlikins, who earned first star honours with 41 saves in a 4-2 Blue Jackets win over Ottawa Senators. Coming off a down season, Merzlikins has been on hearth of late. His contract has this plus three extra years to run at $5.4 million per, similar to that of Edmonton’s Jack Campbell so a potential commerce match on the wage cap entrance assuming Edmonton sweetens the pot

Nothing is on the entrance burner simply but, in line with hockey insider Frank Seravalli of Each day Faceoff, who on Friday night mentioned the Oilers netminding scenario with Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now. “There’s some thought on the market that Elvis Merzlikins may use a change of surroundings. I’m not offered that the Oilers are actually scorching and heavy, although that is the third time they’ve seen the Blue Jackets within the final week. With the five-day layoff between video games there’s actually no cause to make a transfer proper now.”

Seravalli continued: “I feel the Oilers have to provide Jack Campbell yet another crack to see if he can flip this factor round. That has the potential to come back subsequent week. My understanding is Campbell is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Bakersfield.  I feel the hope is he’ll put collectively yet another actually good sport. He’s 2-1 with a .944 save percntage and 1.97 targets in opposition to common the final three video games. If he does play nicely on Saturday the Oilers are going to have a choice to make. (To convey him again) they must put a ahead on waivers, (doubtless) Adam Erne or Sam Gagner with a purpose to make room. Clearly there’s a priority about Stuart Skinner‘s workload, however this 5 day layoff comes at an excellent time. Skinner’s more likely to get the (internet) once more on the again facet of this layoff, does he want a relaxation that shortly? Within the meantime, what’s the most effective play with Campbell? You’ve advised him, ‘go all the way down to the minors, get your sport proper’ and actually they sort of gave a Dec 01 time-frame for him to hunt that sport out once more. Sooner or later it’s important to do proper by the participant and convey him again.”

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He added that had been Campbell to fail that take a look at, there’s nonetheless loads of time to work a deal.

In the meantime down in Bakersfield, the Condors opened their back-to-back residence set in opposition to the high-flying Texas Stars. On paper it was a mismatch between the ninth-place membership within the Pacific in opposition to an opponent that stands first first within the AHL’s Central Division and the highest-scoring group in all the league. With Campbell scheduled to begin on Saturday, younger Olivier Rodrigue took the crease and practically stole the present.

Rodrigue was crushed by a stunning early objective however bounced again instantly, delivering numerous glowing saves to maintain the Condors within the sport. After a disorganized begin, the squad began to provide nearly as good as they obtained,  tying the sport late within the second, then forging a 2-1 lead early within the third. That held proper into the sport’s 57th minute earlier than Texas tied it up.

Issues solely obtained stranger after that. Inside 40 seconds Drake Caggiula of the Condors squeaked a puck simply over the objective line, although it was waved off by the official and play continued proper by till the “last” buzzer, the massive clock studying 2-2. Solely then did the play get reviewed, the objective awarded, however a large 2:32 put again on the time clock. It proved an excessive amount of for the Condors, who as soon as once more allowed an equalizer, and this time the sport formally headed to additional time tied 3-3.  After a scoreless additional time, the sport was determined within the fourth spherical of the shootout by Texas prospect Matej Blumel, as soon as a draft decide of the Oilers.

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Studies on a handful of great Condors observe:


Olivier Rodrigue: was left to his personal gadgets early. Overwhelmed within the sport’s second minute on a sick deke by the AHL’s high objective scorer, Logan Stankoven. Made an amazing save on a Matthew Seminov one-timer off a cross-crease cross to restrict the early harm. Robbed Mavrik Bourque on some extent clean shot. Appeared to get a blocker on Stankoven’s powerplay drive, then stood tall throughout a livid scramble later within the PP. Made an amazing cease on a shot from contained in the blue paint and someway stored it from crossing the objective line. Confronted down Stankoven on a penalty shot and held his floor because the sniper simply missed the submit. Very good glove seize on a fast Seminoff shot from shut vary. Overwhelmed by Oskar Again’s objective mouth deflection to tie it with 3 minutes left. With the lead reinstated, he as soon as once more allowed a tying tally, this one on a close-in rebound with 1:25 to play. Overwhelmed cleanly by Stankoven after which by Blumel within the shootout. 38 photographs, 35 saves, .921 save share.


Markus Niemelainen: Caught kneeling and reaching as Mavrik Bourque walked round him for a harmful shot. Did some robust work defending the web entrance to defuse a Stars powerplay flurry. Pinched up the wall and powdered a Star into stardust with a devastating test.

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Cam Dineen: Misplaced at sea on the opening objective. Made a terrific play to interrupt up a 3-on-1 rush. Good shot slot on the PP rejected by Remi Poirier within the Texas cage. Coated up a unfastened puck within the objective crease leading to a penalty shot. Hit or miss on his outlet passes.

Ben Gleason: Took a hooking penalty halfway within the first after the speedy Stars obtained behind the Condors defence once more. His glorious pinch was a key part to Wright’s objective, and earned an help for his efforts. Practically obtained one other with an excellent shot-pass that Caggiula tipped off the submit.

Max Wanner: Promising rookie defender had a troublesome begin when he was crushed by passes on each the early objective and the good probability that quickly adopted. A minimum of he was someplace close to his precise place on each events, which is greater than could possibly be stated for many of his teammates. Made an excellent pinch deep within the o-zone solely to be chasing the jail break the opposite approach seconds later. Good wall cross keyed a 2-on-1 rush.  Wonderful shot block. Confirmed nice consciousness when he reversed his discipline out of visitors to stroll the puck out of the d-zone. Smoked an opponent with a heavy hit within the late going.

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C Lane Pederson:  All around the puck. Bought an amazing probability on a partial break, made an excellent shot excessive glove however couldn’t beat Poirier. Terrific cross-crease cross that Caggiula couldn’t fairly end. Bought creamed by former Oiler Alex Petrovic in what gave the impression to be an unintentional collision. Put the Condors in entrance early within the third, ending Caggiula’s cross from shut vary. Bobbled away Bakersfield’s finest probability in OT when a 2-on-1 rush with Caggiula died on the vine. Buried his shootout try in Spherical 3 to increase the competition. I received’t be shocked if he will get an NHL look in some unspecified time in the future.

LW Drake Caggiula: Turnover machine within the first half of the sport grew to become its scoring star with a objective and a pair of helpers. Made a fantastic centring cross to Wright for the 1-1 late within the second. Delivered one other glorious objective mouth feed that Pederson tapped in for the 2-1 early within the third. Tipped Gleason’s shot cross off the submit from the doorstep. Scored the 3-2 himself when he stuffed a rebound simply throughout the objective line with 2:32 to play.

RW Xavier Bourgault: Robust rush on the penalty kill. Fired a tough shot from his off-wing however couldn’t remedy Poirier. Earned a secondary help on Pederson’s go-ahead marker. Good effort to steal the puck simply inside his personal line, rush it up ice in opposition to stress and ultimately generate a shot on internet. Removed from dominant, nonetheless.

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C Jayden Grubbe: Wonderful grinding alongside the facet wall in opposition to three opponents sprang Dino Kambeitz for a shot that hit the submit.

LW Matvey Petrov: Work in progress. Lively skating away from the puck but it surely didn’t appear to seek out him typically. His failure to deal with outlet passes contained in the defensive blueline was a persistent drawback, a routine play that’s a lot more durable for a man on his off-wing equivalent to Petrov.

RW Cameron Wright: Spectacular AHL signing drew what Condors play-by-play man Ryan Holt described as his fourth powerplay of the week. Popped residence his first AHL objective with a robust effort, first doing the spade work alongside the top boards to get the puck to Caggiula, then heading to the web entrance to discipline the return cross and eventually remedy Poirier.

LW Carter Savoie: High quality sequence when he first fielded an outlet cross that was far behind him and managed to keep up management with out shedding pace, headmanned the puck, then adopted up with a slippery transfer within the nook and slick feed to the purpose which keyed a fantastic Gleason probability. Good forecheck and steal behind the Texas internet. Took a heavy hit however received the puck battle, then practically transformed the earned possession with a harmful tip that simply missed the goal. Sped away on a rush however his well-timed cross simply missed Grubbe charging up the center.

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LW Raphael Lavoie: Confirmed off his fast launch with a one-timer off a Brad Malone feed. Break up the defence to fireside a point-blank shot, however was fouled within the course of so didn’t get rather a lot on it. Stick exploded on a powerplay one-timer. Texas had a person shadowing him on the powerplay, and when he lastly did get a cross he compelled a shot that obtained blocked. Bought a cross from Brad Malone on the doorstep however unable to jam it previous Poirier. Rifled a shot over the crossbar from the wing. Whiffed on an tried one-timer within the late going. His failure to clear the defensive zone was an enormous issue within the 3-3. Poor choice to shoot from a foul angle on the finish of a protracted OT shift led to a wide-open 2-on-1, however was let off the hook when the refs referred to as coincidental minors behind the play. Fired excessive and extensive in his shootout try. Appeared to develop into more and more pissed off as time glided by, and his efficiency appeared to endure. Led the Condors with 5 photographs on internet however his quite a few misfires had been the larger story.

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