Oilers signing Noah Philp brings a strong work ethic to the system

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the Edmonton Oilers continue to stay busy as the college and university seasons wrap up for the year. Last week they inked the keeper Ryan Fanti to an entry-level contract and now they’ve dipped their fingers in a local program. Now they’ve added another forward to a strong lineup of prospects in Noah Philp from the University of Alberta.

The Oilers signed Philp to a one-year contract beginning in 2022-23 that also includes an amateur tryout for that season on the Bakersfield Condors.

The team adds another player to help its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate just before heading to the playoffs.

Get to know Noah Philip

Philp is a 6-foot-3, 198-pound center who shoots right. Born in Canmore, Alta., the Oilers hope this homegrown talent can become a productive member of the team in the future. He spent the last three seasons at the University of Alberta where he had 20 goals and 38 points in 36 regular season games. He also had four goals and 12 points in two playoff series in seven games. His season ended after a double overtime loss and won the U Sports National Silver Medal.

This season, he only played eight games on the season and scored eight goals and 11 points, but he also showed his ability to play in four playoff games where he added seven assists to his three goals. When asked what kind of hockey player he is, Philp replied, “I think I’m a good playmaker and I think over the last few years I’ve improved my skating a bit. I’m just trying to create an offense.

Philp spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he broke out in his third season, scoring 50 points in 71 games. His final season saw him show his true offensive potential by scoring 26 goals and 75 points in 56 games. This season with the Condors won’t be his first in the AHL, as he played two games with the Stockton Heat after the WHL before opting to go to college near home.

He also mentioned that he is good at reading the play and it shows. But as he describes himself as a playmaker, he has a knack for scoring goals. That could be a recipe for a dangerous offensive dual threat in the future, like how the Oilers already have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Philp’s favorite player growing up was Sidney Crosby, and he was inspired by him throughout his hockey career. It’s not a bad model to learn the work ethic and go from there. Philip mentions the work done not only on the ice but also behind the scenes by Crosby. Inspiring him to do the same could turn out to be better than most expectations of an undrafted free agent out of college, because all the best players in the NHL put in countless hours of hard work and always strive. to improve.

What will Philip bring to the organization?

Philp should be a scoring element for the Condors for the rest of the season, the playoffs and next year. He’s lit it this season by scoring well over a point per game in the combined 12 regular season and playoff games he’s played. The team could score more but it will be something to watch to see if their production continues. of the University.

There are a number of older players and others who are unlikely to return after this season so it will give him a good try in his amateur trial to acclimate to the style and speed of the game to be even more effective in a larger role next season. Players love Cooper Marody , Kyle Turris, Colton Sceviour and Brad Malone are unrestricted free agents while Brendan Perlini and Tyler Benson are both restricted free agents. A player like Dylan Hollowaywho is almost ready for the NHL could graduate while Xavier Bourgault is a wildcard after a strong pre-season at the start of the season.

Often college or university players go unnoticed, especially if they are not in the top programs. The Oilers could have a good one in Philp.

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