Lacking their own AHL farm team, the Edmonton Oilers have partnerships with five AHL teams who have agreed to take on at least a single player from the defending Western Conference Champions. At the beginning of the year the Oilers had 12 prospects (not including Toby Petersen in Iowa) in the American League with another four in Stockton of the ECHL. That number had risen to include two more players who began the year in the NHL but needed temporary conditioning. The number of Oilers currently in the AHL has dropped to just eight.
Edmonton’s partnerships in the AHL include deals with Wilkes-Barre Scranton (PGH), Hamilton (MTL), Grand Rapids (DET), Milwaukee (NSH) and Iowa (DAL).
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
As the primary partner for the Oilers, Wilkes-Barre has housed the more high-end prospects the Oilers have sent to the AHL this year. A few players have gone back and forth between the Baby Penguins and the Oilers, and those that have speak highly of the situation in Pennsylvania.
Kyle Brodziak C, (7th round, 2003)
Now in the third and final year of his entry-level contract, Alberta-born Kyle Brodziak is on pace to shatter his previous career highs in scoring. Brodziak put up 32 points in his rookie year with the Edmonton Road Runners and followed that up with 31 with the Iowa Stars. Already in 2006-07 the center has accounted for 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in just 33 games.