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FUTURE WATCH: Bear & T-Birds lead Rockets, Rasanen & Sioux City advance

Keep up-to-date on Oilers prospects still competing in the post-season

by Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers have a few prospects still competing in the post-season. Stay updated on how they are doing below.

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G Dylan Wells, Peterborough Petes

Drafted 123rd overall (5th Round) in 2016

Peterborough Petes vs Niagara IceDogs - Peterborough swept series 4-0

Peterborough Petes vs Kingston Frontenacs - Peterborough swept series 4-0

Peterborough Petes vs Mississauga Steelheads - Mississauga leads series 3-0

Dylan Wells was brilliant during the regular season, leading his Petes from mediocrity to the top of the Ontario Hockey League standings.

After going on an eight-game win streak to sweep both the Niagara IceDogs and Kingston Frontenacs, Peterborough is in a difficult situation against the Mississauga Steelheads in the Eastern Conference Final. The Petes are down 3-0 in the series and are on the brink of elimination.

Wells, meanwhile, has maintained his steady play. He owns a .941 save percentage and 2.13 goals-against average in the playoffs and has faced 49 saves or more in his past two starts.

Wells and his club will hope to stave off elimination in Game 4, which goes Wednesday, April 26. 


D Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds

Drafted 124th overall (5th Round) in 2015

Seattle Thunderbirds vs Tri-City Americans - Seattle swept series 4-0

Seattle Thunderbirds vs Everett Silvertips - Seattle swept series 4-0

Seattle Thunderbirds vs Kelowna Rockets - Seattle leads series 2-1

Bear and the Thunderbirds struck the Tri-City Americans and Everett Silvertips out of the Western Hockey League Playoffs with eight consecutive wins to advance to the Western Conference Championship. The T-Birds are now currently involved in a tight series with the Kelowna Rockets.

Seattle leads the series 2-1, winning Games 1 and 3. Each match between the two clubs has been decided by only one goal.

As for Bear himself, he has two goals and an assist in the series so far. He has registered five goals, 11 assists and 16 points in 11 games this post-season - good enough to place him in a tie for first among WHL defencemen. Read about the Ochapowace, SK product and the mentorship he provides his club and in community here. Read about his productive offensive season here.


F Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers

Drafted 153rd overall (6th round) in 2016

Sioux City Musketeers vs Des Moines Buccaneers - Sioux City swept series 2-0

The Sioux City Musketeers captured the Anderson Cup as United States Hockey League regular season champions and are now pushing for a playoff title. So far, so good for Aapeli Rasanen and his Musketeers, as they brushed away the Des Moines Buccaneers in three games to advance to the USHL Western Conference Final. Now, Sioux City will face a tough opponent in the Waterloo Black Hawks, who ended the regular season in the second spot of the Western Conference with 84 points - three less than the Musketeers.

After three games, Rasanen has one assist in the playoffs. Read more about the experiences the forward gained this season here.

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