Edmonton Oilers part ways with another Russian prospect

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Breaking news from the Edmonton Oilers organization at various levels on Monday.

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The biggest news here is the unconditional exemptions from Kirill Maksimov . The great right-wing left-back has been considered a solid prospect for the club since he was drafted in the fifth round in 2017. Most recently, he moved up to the Oilers spot. # 19 hopeful in the 2021 edition of the Hockey cult annual series of prospectuses.

Maksimov played his rookie pro season at Bakersfield in 2019-20 before returning to Russia during the 2020-21 COVID season. There he saw limited action with CSKA Moskva (16 GP, 2-1-3) but performed well in the club’s subsidiary, Zvezda Moskva, at BVS (25 GP, 12-15-27).

But the last year of his ELC never got under way. Maksimov missed both rookie camp and Oilers camp due to vaccine issues – he had taken the Sputnik vaccine, which is not approved in North America, so he was not authorized to play. He reportedly went ahead and got an approved vaccine, but something went wrong. He did not play in any of the games for Bakersfield this weekend. Bob Stauffer from Greasers now speculates that he may have been fined to start the season with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder, and may have rejected the idea, given that he has just shown that he is at a higher level in his native Russia.

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The outing is just the latest in a litany of failed Russian draft picks with the organization in the last decade.

  • The most famous by far is RW Yakupov Nails, the first overall pick in 2012 that had a promising rookie season but never progressed. The Oilers finally traded him into the NHL after four seasons and 252 games in Edmonton, although he ended up in the KHL.
  • The greasers drew up C Bogdan yakimov in the third round in 2013. He would play 1 game for the NHL club and parts of two seasons at Bakersfield, but was unconditionally waived midway through the 2015-16 season, returning to the KHL.
  • Oil was more successful with LW Anton Slepyshev in that same third round in 2013. Slepyshev showed considerable promise by playing 102 games for Edmonton, but returned to Russia after completing his ELC.
  • Defending Ziyat Paigin was taken near the end of the 2015 draft and came to Bakersfield for small parts of two seasons before receiving his own unconditional release in early 2017-18.

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Now Maksimov arrives with a midseason outing similar to Yakimov and Paigin. The club hires the services of blueline prospect Dmitry Samorukov on this side of the pond, although currently out of action due to a jaw injury sustained at rookie camp. Future perspectives Maxim denezkin , Maxim beryozkin , and Matvey petrov they are all “in the system” although not signed up to this point. Overall, it’s a pretty spotty track record for whatever reason.

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The other move announced by the greasers involves the reassignment of d-man William Lagesson who was fined by Bakersfield a week ago but detained in Edmonton due to a minor injury. That has now been resolved, Lagesson has already approved the waivers and is on its way.

The minor league club confirms both those moves and two more:

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The transference of Olivier rodrigue for Wichita not surprising at all. With two other promising netminders, Stuart skinner and Ilya Konovalov At the site in Bakersfield, there was no room at the inn for a third party. Rodrigue will play many minutes against professionals in Wichita, which is what he needs the most.

The other degradation is of local product. Matteo gennaro who had a strong season with Wichita last season (61 GP, 26-30-56) but was unable to break Bakersfield’s lineup. He has a minor league contract with no implications on the Oilers’ 50-man roster.

The timing of these announcements in concert with Maksimov’s lends more credence to the suggestion that the Russian may also have been tied to Wichita and hot on its heels. No doubt more details will emerge in due course.

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None of the three players sent played for Bakersfield last weekend when the Condors opened their season with a pair of home wins, 5-3 over the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday and 1-0 against the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday. The Condors were outshot 34-15 in the last contest, but Skinner stopped all 34 shots to back up the victory.

Not many goals in Sunday’s highlights, but a couple of massive punches by the Condors defender / Oilers prospects. Philip Kemp and Markus Niemelainen that are worth seeing.

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News from today’s greasers practice that is likely to signal one more move in the next day or so. Devin Shore returned to the ice center Brendan perlini and Kyle turris , a trio that had good success in the preseason. Shore missed the first two games through injury, and while Ryan McLeod Completed on the line never had much traction. McLeod himself averaged less than 6 minutes per game, and is now the substitute in practice. The best guess here is that tomorrow he will be reassigned to Bakersfield to make room for Shore on the active roster. Since McLeod is still in its ELC, it will not require waivers.

Good news for the Condors, who will add a pair of proven AHLers at McLeod and Lagesson.

Finally, Dave Tippett confirmed that Mike smith will make his third consecutive start in Tuesday night’s home game against the Anaheim Ducks. Look for Mikko koskinen to make his season debut later this week when the Oilers play back-to-back in Arizona and Vegas, with Koskinen likely to play on Thursday, Smith Friday.

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