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FUTURE WATCH: Prospect update

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by Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers have a few prospects still competing in post-season action. Take a look at 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 leads series 3-0

Dylan Wells and his Peterborough Petes swept fellow Oilers prospect Ryan Mantha and the Niagara IceDogs 4-0 in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League Playoffs. Wells finished the series with a 2.34 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.

The Petes are currently three games up on their second round opponent, the Kingston Frontenacs. Between the pipes, Wells has limited the Frontenacs to four goals through the trio of games in the series, stopping 88 of 92 shots. He was named the first star of Game 3 and second star of Game 2. Read more about the goaltender and his leadership on the Petes here.


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 leads series 3-0

Bear and the Thunderbirds struck the Tri-City Americans out of the Western Hockey League Playoffs with four consecutive wins. The Oilers prospect ended the series with two goals, seven assists and nine points.

The Thunderbirds are on the verge of a second consecutive sweep, leading the Everett Silvertips 3-0 in Round 2 as Bear maintains his scoring pace. The rearguard has a goal and three assists to make it 13 points through seven playoff matches. Each game against the Silvertips has been decided by one goal. Read about Bear and the role he provides on his club and in his community here. Read about his electrifying offensive season here.


D Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks

Drafted 117th overall (4th round) in 2015

Portland Winterhawks vs Prince George Cougars - Portland won series 4-2

Portland Winterhawks vs Kelowna Rockets - Kelowna leads series 2-1

After winning a gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championship with the U.S., Caleb Jones' eyes are on an Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Oilers fourth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft upset the Prince George Cougars in six games in Round 1. Jones had six helpers.

In the second round against the Kelowna Rockets, the Winterhawks dropped the first two games of the series in Kelowna but rebounded back at Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a 4-2 win on Tuesday. Jones had a goal and assist in the victory. Read about the defenceman and his instrumental leadership within the Winterhawks dressing room here.




F Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers

Drafted 153rd overall (6th round) in 2016

Sioux City Musketeers vs Des Moines Buccaneers - Begins Friday, April 14

Aapeli Rasanen and his Sioux City Musketeers made it their quest to capture the Anderson Cup as United States Hockey League regular season champions. Now, the goal is to secure a Clark Cup, awarded to the post-season winners. Rasanen - alongside compatriot, linemate and valued draft prospect Eeli Tolvanen - will begin the crusade Friday in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Read more about Rasanen and his on-ice endeavours here.

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