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Defenceman Dillon Simpson likes how the Bakersfield Condors roster looks heading into the 2017-18 season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Bakersfield Condors' roster will be different going into the 2017-18 season.

On July 1, the Edmonton Oilers signed forward Mitch Callahan and defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contracts. They also inked forwards Grayson Downing, Brian Ferlin and Ty Rattie, as well as defenceman Keegan Lowe and goaltender Edward Pasquale to one-year contracts.

Some prospects could also make the jump from junior to pro, including defencemen Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha and Ziyat Paigin, leaving the team made of a good mix of rookies and veterans.

"It seems like a complete makeover and I think a lot of those additions will have great effects for everyone," said defenceman Dillon Simpson on Oilers Now Monday. 

"When you have that kind of base around you on a minor league team, it makes a difference."

Simpson commented on two of the defensive additions the team could see.

"Mantha is a guy with a lot of size and can move well for a big guy," Simpson said.

Russian defender Paigin is the other. 

"For Ziyat, he's a great guy," Simpson said. "He's here with us now training. He can jump up offensively, can get up in the rush and has a big shot."

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