Oilers are peaking at the right time

Jun 6, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft reacts during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft reacts during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Last week the Oilers announced that they had signed LWer Carl Berglund as a college free agent. The Swedish free-agent forward has just wrapped up time with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and signed an ATO with Bakersfield for the rest of this season with a two-way contract for two years after that.

Berglund in three of four seasons in the US College league H-East played at or close to a point per game, so I can see Ken Holland’s interest in him. He’s played two games for Bakersfield so far producing no points but obviously, it’s only two games. Here’s his scouting report, courtesy of Elite Prospects:

He’s active off the rush, taking passes in stride and driving through the slot to collapse defenders for his wingers. He’s excellent at receiving bad passes in the neutral zone, kicking pucks to his stick without losing momentum. Berglund usually attempts a chip or pass off the boards on his entries. He’s much better off the puck, setting his stick as a target for his teammates to hit.

Sounds good to me. We’ll see if he amounts to anything, but I can see why Ken Holland went to this well. He just dealt away Reid Schaefer in the trade for Mattias Ekholm, and the Condors don’t have a surefire NHL-ready top-six forward on the roster, so why not supplement those ranks with a college free agent signing?  After all, the Condors are not a high-scoring team in the AHL. They could use all the scoring they can get.