The Edmonton Oilers’ prospects saw plenty of action this past week. With a some strong individual performances across all leagues, we had to give this week’s spotlight to Ryan Fanti. Let’s dive right into it!
Welcome to the TOR Edmonton Oilers prospect update. Each week, we’ll take a dive into how the Oilers’ prospects have done in their respective leagues. We have defined a prospect as a skater who has played fewer than 65 NHL games, and is younger than 25 years of age. All data is from EliteProspects. We also use an NHLe calculator built by Christian Roatis (@Croatis) which is used to estimate a player’s equivalent point total in the NHL based on how they are performing in their respective league. The calculator uses the difficulty of the given league combined with the ease at which a player puts up points to determine the NHLe.
It was a big couple weeks for goalies in the Edmonton organisation, Stuart Skinner’s becoming a father, illness, and All-Star nod, Jack Campbell rediscovering his game, and EBUG Matt Berlin seeing some NHL action (the Chicago Blackhawks should feel embarrassed by themselves for a number of reasons, Berlin’s appearance is not one of them).
Meanwhile Olivier Rodrigue has exceeded expectations for the Bakersfield Condors, carrying the load as a starter for much of the season. Calvin Pickard has returned, reclaiming the net, but Rodrigue’s performance holds up quite favourably to the veteran’s.
Ryan Fanti had some strong moments at the AHL level, but was hung out to dry during some lopsided losses. Fanti’s current stretch at the ECHL level gives the Oilers a lot to feel good about throughout the entirety of their depth chart at the sport’s most important position.
Stopping 42 of 43 shots to seal the win, Ryan Fanti seems to be settling into the pro game in the second half of the season. This stop is as good as it gets with time winding down and the Fort Wayne Komets nursing a one goal lead.
Here we see Fanti making another dangerous, grade A save look routine. There have been some ups and downs, including bouncing between the AHL and ECHL, but ultimately the fact that we’re seeing this much composure from the rookie is a great sign for the Oilers goalie depth.
These highlights both came in wins on back to back nights. While projecting save percentages from one league to the next can be precarious, it is a huge positive to see Fanti’s results improve as the season progresses.
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In a bit of housekeeping AHL forward Filip Engaras was traded to Utica representing the end of his time in the Edmonton-Bakersfield system. Though not signed to an NHL eligible deal, some fans might have stopped to check in on Engaras over the season.
With that said it was a productive week for the Condors, who went 2–1–0 in their games. Goalie Rodrigue won his lone start, stopping 25 of 28 against the San Diego Gulls. Meanwhile the newfound combination of Tyler Tullio and Raphael Lavoie continued their dominance.
Tullio has really come on since the calendar changed to 2023, continued here with some poise on a cross ice pass.
Speaking of strong starts to the calendar year, Lavoie fires a shot from the blueline, where Tyler Benson is able to get a piece of it.
More strong work from Lavoie, making some nifty moves near the net. The Condors work it around, Tullio getting it to the point where Yanni Kaldis puts on a spin move.
Lavoie has shown a great deal already in this article, here incorporating a quality one-time shot. It is not a stretch to say that this has been the most consistent stretch of strong play that Lavoie has put forth in the AHL. At some point this production will be too hard to ignore and talk of an NHL call up will be very much in play.
Tullio shows us some success from the flank spot he played in junior. Moving the puck around the perimeter is nice, but heading to the tough ice, picking up the rebound in stride.
Some nice work on the penalty kill from Michael Kesselring, who takes the puck off the line and blocks the follow up shot. Of course a shoutout to Xavier Bourgault who is a part of this unit. Both Bourgault and Kesselring have had nice moments on offence this season, but to see contributions without the puck is vital to their prospective chances at a call up.
Noah Philp heads to the net off the rush, making no mistake off a great setup. Unheralded compared to other rookie forwards on the Condors, understandable as a 24-year-old, Philp is improving his impact in recent weeks.
This isn’t exactly the flashiest highlight, but Max Wanner should provide some functional offence at the next level. While dazzling offence will not be his calling card at higher levels, it continues to be impressive how he has been able to hold down the number two offensive role on the blueline for a very strong Moose Jaw Warriors team, behind 2022 first round pick Denton Mateychuck.
Jake Chiasson drops his shoulder and drives the net, getting into the tough ice more than usual. This is a good sign, as is the quality finish on the backhand. Chiasson has done well since his mid-season trade to the Saskatoon Blades, despite not scoring at quite the rate he was on the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Matvey Petrov works as the pivot in a give and go goal, sending a soft area pass across the blueline. This is top quality passing from the OHL’s third leading scorer.
Shane Lachance makes a nice move in the slot before finding a teammate with the backhand pass. Known more for his goal scoring, this is a nice display of playmaking ability.
A look at the Youngstown Phantoms lineup card shows us that Lachance is a huge part of their team as a top scorer and the team’s captain. The USHL is not the most discussed league, but Lachance has done enough that his play will be something to watch at Boston University next season.
In the midst of a productive senior season, by far the best points per game pace of his college career, Skyler Brind’Amour does well to get to the net front operating on the power play, his spot this season.
Maxim Beryozkin continues to show strong signs as a playmaker, here taking the pass below the goal line and quickly finding a teammate out front. Because Beryozkin has some skill as a forechecker, as well as a puck protector, being able to make effective plays off the boards and into the middle like this is really encouraging.
NHLe is a metric used to estimate a player’s offensive output at the NHL level from their point totals in their respective league. Here are the Oilers’ current top five (bracketed numbers denote movement from the previous week).
- Matvey Petrov 38.1 (1)
- Maxim Beryozkin 29.7 (2)
- Reid Schaefer 26.2 (3)
- Tyler Benson 25.5 (4)
- Raphael Lavoie 22.2 (N/A)
Overall regular season totals for Oilers’ prospects
|Justin Bailey (RW/LW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||26||5||8||13||0.5||26||-6||AHL||19.9|
|Tyler Benson (LW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||14||1||8||9||0.64||10||-4||AHL||25.5|
|Maxim Beryozkin (LW/RW)||totals||42||4||15||17||0.45||12||4||KHL||29.7|
|Xavier Bourgault (C)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||40||9||10||19||0.48||8||-3||AHL||19.1|
|Skyler Brind’Amour (C)||Quinnipiac Univ.||NCAA||26||11||12||23||0.88||6||14|
|Maxim Denezhkin (C)||totals||32||7||11||18||0.56||82||0||totals|
|Seth Griffith (C/RW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||40||11||23||34||0.85||20||-10||AHL||33.9|
|James Hamblin (LW/C)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||20||5||6||11||0.55||2||-2||AHL||21.9|
|Mattias Janmark (C/W)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||4||2||2||4||1||2||3||AHL||39.9|
|Klim Kostin (LW/RW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||9||2||2||4||0.44||15||-4||ECAC||10.1|
|Shane Lachance (LW)||Youngstown Phantoms||USHL||35||23||10||33||0.94||31||7||USHL||20.8|
|Raphaël Lavoie (C/RW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||29||10||10||20||0.69||19||2||AHL||22.2|
|Jeremias Lindewall (RW/LW)||Östersunds IK||HockeyAllsvenskan||27||2||3||5||0.19||8||-14||Allsvenskan||6.1|
|Brad Malone (C/LW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||27||2||11||13||0.48||22||-4||AHL||19.1|
|Tomas Mazura (C)||St. Lawrence Univ.||NCAA||22||3||6||9||0.41||6||0|
|Greg McKegg (C/W)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||39||2||6||8||0.21||42||3||AHL||8.4|
|Joel Määttä (C)||Univ. of Vermont||NCAA||26||5||5||10||0.38||18||-4|
|Matvei Petrov (RW/LW)||North Bay Battalion||OHL||45||20||45||65||1.44||24||22||OHL||38.1|
|Noah Philp (C)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||39||7||4||11||0.28||21||2||AHL||11.2|
|Carter Savoie (LW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||32||8||3||11||0.34||16||-10||AHL||13.5|
|Reid Schaefer (LW)||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL||31||19||14||33||1.06||52||11||WHL||26.2|
|Devin Shore (C)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||5||2||3||5||1||0||1||AHL||39.9|
|Tyler Tullio (C/RW)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||35||8||9||17||0.49||12||2||AHL||19.5|
|Philip Broberg (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||7||2||2||4||0.57||0||-2||AHL||22.7|
|Jake Chiasson (C/RW)||totals||46||11||23||34||0.74||20||-24||WHL||18.3|
|Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||37||10||18||28||0.76||16||-20|
|Jason Demers (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||34||0||15||15||0.44||61||-8||AHL||17.5|
|Vincent Desharnais (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||13||0||2||2||0.15||19||1||AHL||6.0|
|Philip Kemp (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||40||5||6||11||0.28||22||4||AHL||11.2|
|Michael Kesselring (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||37||10||5||15||0.41||30||-4||AHL||16.3|
|Slater Koekkoek (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||AHL|
|Luca Münzenberger (D)||Univ. of Vermont||NCAA||21||0||5||5||0.24||22||-7|
|Markus Niemeläinen (D)||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||15||2||3||5||0.33||8||3||AHL||13.2|
|Maximus Wanner (D)||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL||41||8||22||30||0.73||43||22||WHL||18.1|
|Nikita Yevseyev (D)||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||47||5||2||7||0.15||11||8||KHL||9.9|
|Olivier Rodrigue||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||20||3.03||0.908|
|Calvin Pickard||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||15||3.08||0.905|
|Samuel Jonsson||Rögle BK J20||J20 Nationell||22||2.52||0.902|
|Ryan Fanti||Bakersfield Condors||AHL||8||3.71||0.884|
|Fort Wayne Komets||ECHL||11||3.17||0.905|