Ethan Bear

by jameson on March 3, 2018

 Ethan Bear - Photo From Yahoo Sports


Ethan Bear, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 198

Born: 1997-06-26

Hometown: Regina, SK, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by Edmonton Oilers, 124th overall





March 2018 - Expectations were high for Bear this season as he graduated from the WHL and looked to bring his offensive abilities to the pro level. Despite missing some time due to injury, the young defender has proven to be one of very few promising Oilers’ prospects on the Bakersfield Condors. In 34 games this season Bear has recorded six goals and 16 points, and has found himself consistently playing on the power play. His numbers are respectable considering that his team is last in the Pacific division and that only three teams in the entire AHL have scored fewer goals. His defensive game is slowly getting better, and his mobility for his size needs improvement, but there is definitely fantasy upside with this player. With the Oilers trading Brandon Davidson in February, and with Kris Russell nursing an injury, the Oilers opted to recall Bear on February 27th. With Adam Larsson missing time due to personal reasons, the young defender made his NHL debut in early March against the Nashville Predators where he recorded a minus three rating and no points. With the Oilers lack of right handed defencemen, the teams general lack of quality offensive defenders and their poor power play, Bear has a good opportunity to find a spot on the Oilers defence and possibly cement himself as a power play specialist within a season or two. Jameson Ewasiuk


May 2017- Bear has had nearly a perfect season. The Oilers’ fifth-round pick in 2015 has taken massive strides in his game. Although he could work on his mobility, there isn’t much you would want to change in his game if you’re an Oilers fan. Bear finished the 2016-17 season with an astounding 28 goals and 70 points in 67 games. On May 3, Bear got named WHL defenseman of the year. The accolades didn’t stop there for Bear, though. On May 14, the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Regina Pats to win the WHL championship. Bear was excellent, picking up one goal and nine assists in the six-game series. Seattle will need Bear to keep up this play if they want to win the memorial cup. Spencer Pomoty


July 2015 – The season after being selected 124th by the Oilers, Bear came back to the Seattle Thunderbirds a lot more confident and physically fit. He became a top WHL defenseman and finished the year fifth in WHL defenseman scoring with 65 points (19G, 46A) in 69 games, good enough to be placed on the Western Conference first-all star team. In the playoffs, Ethan was a crucial part of the Seattle Thunderbirds and helped lead them to the WHL final (Ed Chynoweth Cup). Bear finished atop playoff scoring for all defenseman. On July 2, he signed his entry-level deal with the Oilers. Brayden Sully


June 2015 - Bear was drafted 30-50 slots later than expected by the Edmonton Oilers. It was a bit of a surprise, but his lack of outstanding traits or offensive ability probably was the reason for the drop. He is a better prospect than most people drafted in his slot, but still doesn't have a ton of fantsay upside. Austin Wallace


June 2015 – Bear has had a steady climb up the rankings this year thanks to his complete and steady game. Bear is a heady player who displays excellent poise with the puck. Bear is a versatile defender and is effective on both the penalty kill and powerplay. His game is very reminiscent of Johnny Oduya. He isn’t elite in any aspect however he has no glaring weaknesses either. He projects as a decent middle paring defenceman who can play in any situation. While he isn’t likely to put up big points at the NHL level he could be a decent secondary option. Donesh Mazloum


Potential top four defenceman who excels offensively and can effectively quarterback a power play



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