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April 21, 2015 - American Hockey League (AHL) News Release

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, are set for the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16. Every week in the offseason, the team will give you a "What you need to know" synopsis around the world of hockey.

1. OILERS DEFY THE ODDS AND GET #1 PICK IN NHL DRAFT The Edmonton Oilers had just an 11.5% chance of securing the top overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, but that is exactly what happened when NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stepped to the podium. According to the NHL Central Scouting Service, 18-year old Connor McDavid, who currently plays in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), is slotted as the top pick. Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott had some lucky socks that helped secure the top pickMcDavid and the Erie Otters play Edmonton's 2013 top draft pick D Darnell Nurse and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL's Western Conference Finals. Game One is Thursday.

2. AHL PLAYOFFS: BARONS RELOADED; HERSHEY SET FOR WORCESTER The #6 Oklahoma City Barons begin their best-of-five first round series with the #3 San Antonio Rampage on Thursday in Oklahoma City. Games 1 & 2 are in Oklahoma City before the series moves to San Antonio for the remainder. With the NHL season over for the Oilers, the Barons received LW Curtis Hamilton along with d-men David Musil, Brandon Davidson, and Martin Marincin back to help for the playoff run.In the Eastern Conference, former Condors Head Coach Troy Mann, assistant coach Ryan Murphy, D Erik Burgdoerfer, C Joel Broda and the Hershey Bears are the #2 seed and take on the #7 Worcester Sharks beginning on Friday.

3. AFFILIATION CHANGES IN THE AHL - WHO'S GOING WHERE? There was quite the shuffle in the past week as multiple AHL teams swapped NHL affiliations.Including the five teams starting play in the Pacific Division in 2015-16, 11 NHL teams have either changed affiliations or cities in the past four months

4. CONDORS EQUIPMENT SALE TODAY AND TOMORROW 3-6 P.M. Helmets, sticks, skates, socks, gloves, pants, you name it, we have it. Swing by Rabobank Arena today from 3-6 p.m. and tomorrow at the same time to purchase new and used gearLocker room items available as well including number magnets, nameplates, and moreTeam card sets available for purchaseGreat chance to view seats for next season and purchase membershipsFirst come, first served

5. FAVORITE CONDORS 'AA' MEMORIES Take a look back with The Bakersfield Californian at the Top 10 Condors 'AA' moments over the last 17 years.Condors VP, Communications Kevin Bartl sat down with the Californian's staff to give his favorite memories of the 'AA' tenure.

6. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS KEEP ROLLING ON Four games on tonight and four more on tap for tomorrow night. Games are on NBCSN and USA beginning at 4 p.m. The Anaheim Ducks, California's lone representative in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, look to close out their series in Winnipeg tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on USA. The Ducks lead the series, three games to none.


Be part of history as the Condors move to the American Hockey League in 2015-16. Memberships begin for less than $17/month. contact the Condors at 324-PUCK (7825) for more information.

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