Ethan Bear

Edmonton Oilers
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 26, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 200 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 5; Overall: 124

Observations

March 2019 – The Oilers are bringing Bear along slowly which is a good thing for this player. Bear has missed time this season but has still produced a respectable 24 points in 43 games for a 0.56 points per game which is an improvement on the 0.49 from last year. Now that he’s healthy, Bear seems to have really found a groove offensively and has produced 13 points in his last 15 games. His defensive game is improving as his skating although his mobility is still a weakness in his game. Overall, Bear is developing well but the Oilers will need continue to be patient with him. It’ll be tough for him to make the Oilers opening night roster next season as he will have to compete with Caleb Jones, Joel Persson, Evan Bouchard, William Lagesson and/or anyone else the Oilers bring between now and then. Jameson Ewasiuk 

June 2018 – Expectations were high for Bear last 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 proved to be one of very few promising Oilers’ prospects on the Bakersfield Condors. In 34 games with the Condors last season Bear recorded six goals and 16 points, and has found himself consistently playing on the power play. His numbers are respectable considering that his team was last in the Pacific division and that only three teams in the entire AHL had scored fewer goals when he was called up. 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 on march first against the Nashville Predators where he recorded a minus three rating and no points. In 18 games with Edmonton last season, Bear recorded one goal and four points. With the Oilers’ lack of right handed defencemen, the team’s 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Pursuit of Excellence Bantm Prep OMAHA 40 12 32 44 45 |          
  Pursuit of Excellence Bantm Prep John Reid Bantam 6 0 4 4 17 |          
 2012-2013 Yorkton Harvest SMHL 38 7 28 35 30 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Team Saskatchewan WCCC-16 - - - - - |          
  Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 58 6 13 19 18 | Playoffs 9 2 2 4
  Canada Western U17 WHC-17 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 69 13 25 38 23 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 1 2 2 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 0 3 3 6 |          
 2015-2016 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 69 19 46 65 33 | Playoffs 18 8 14 22
 2016-2017 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 67 28 42 70 21 | Playoffs 17 6 20 26 12 
  Seattle Thunderbirds M-Cup 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Edmonton Oilers NHL 18 1 3 4 10 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 37 6 12 18 12 |          
 2018-2019 Bakersfield Condors AHL 45 4 24 28 30 |          

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