After starting the season with a 3-6-1 record to finish October, the Edmonton Oilers are looking for answers to their woes.
Not only is their offence struggling, but their defence is not having the best start to the year, either. The Oilers surrender an average 3.3 goals per game, and their 70.1 percent success on the penalty-kill is the second-worst in the NHL.
Ultimately, not only are the Oilers failing to impress, but their defence is lacking. Therefore, they may want to consider recalling Ethan Bear from the Bakersfield Condors.
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Ethan Bear So Far
The 20-year-old has been outstanding with the Condors so far this season. He leads all Bakersfield skaters with two goals and five points through seven games this season and is a plus-4. Not only that, he is boasting a shooting percentage of 33 percent and seems to be handling the transition from WHL to the AHL without difficulty.
Bear played in just one exhibition game for Edmonton this preseason, registering one shot on goal and a plus-2 rating.
So far, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound blueliner has shown a lot of skill and ability, as well as great drive and effort at the AHL level. He is capable of taking on more responsibility and minutes, while also capitalizing on opportunities.
Considering he is showing a lot of potential and upside, it wouldn’t hurt for the Oilers to give him an opportunity to play at the NHL level, especially if their current defence corps are still struggling moving forward. Besides Adam Larsson, Edmonton’s right-hand defenders, including Matt Benning, Eric Gryba and Yohann Auvitu are off to lacklustre starts.
If these players cannot perform or give a solid effort, then perhaps it is time for Bear to be rewarded for his strong play. Not only would this create an incentive for the organization’s AHL players and prospects, but it would save general manager Peter Chiarelli from making moves early on.