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


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October 2020 – Like most of the Oilers, Bear’s play against Chicago in the play-in series was not great but let’s cut him some slack as it was his first playoff experience and he was put in a significant role as a rookie. Like all rookies, the young defender had his ups and downs last season but on some nights he was Edmonton’s best defender and, take it how you will, but Bear finished 10th in Calder Trophy voting. Overall, Bear has had a nice upward trajectory and he will be counted on to continue to improve and he will be expected to fill a top-four role for Edmonton again this season. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2020 – There was talk that Bear put in a lot of work over the Summer and the results have been outstanding this season for the Oilers. To date, the young defender has recorded five goals and 20 points in 64 games. His 20 points place him third for Oilers’ defensemen, fifth for rookie defensemen and 15th for all rookies. To illustrate how much Edmonton’s head coach, Dave Tippett, trust the young defender, his 21 minutes and 42 seconds of ice time per game places him fifth for all Oilers’ skaters and second for all rookies (two seconds per game behind Quinn Hughes). Bear is not the biggest or quickest player but his hockey sense, poise and his ability to efficiently move the puck up ice help him contribute in a top-four role in Edmonton. He does not have big offensive numbers this season but there is definitely untapped upside in that regard that could make him a sneaky fantasy option in the future. Jameson Ewasiuk

September 2019 – There was talk that Bear was hungry this off season and put in a lot of work this past Summer… well so far the Oilers’ organization can see the results. The 22-year-old defenceman put up outstanding fitness results during the team fitness tests and looked sharp in the preseason. He has always had strong offensive skills and a great point shot but his skating and defensive abilities also look improved compared to in the past. His strong play in the preseason has led Bear to being named to Edmonton’s opening night roster. Joel Persson and Matt Benning are his biggest competitors for to six minutes but with Persson having a minor injury, Bear will be given his chance early on in the season. Jameson Ewasiuk

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

Fantasy Upside 6.7
NHL Certainty 9.0
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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Melville Millionaires U15 AASAAHL U1521 16 1935 34|        
 2011-2012 Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15POMAHA40 12 3244 45|        
  Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15PJohn Reid Bantam6 0 44 17|        
 2012-2013 Yorkton Maulers U18 AAASMAAAHL38 7 2835 30|Playoffs5 1 12
  Team Saskatchewan WCCC-16- - -- -|        
  Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL1 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL58 6 1319 18|Playoffs9 2 24
  Canada Western U17WHC-175 0 11 0|        
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev3 0 00 0|        
  Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL69 13 2538 23|Playoffs6 1 23
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 12 2|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 33 6|        
 2015-2016 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL69 19 4665 33|Playoffs18 8 1422
 2016-2017 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL67 28 4270 21|Playoffs17 6 2026 12 
  Seattle ThunderbirdsM-Cup3 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Edmonton OilersNHL18 1 34 10|        
  Bakersfield CondorsAHL37 6 1218 12|        
 2018-2019 Bakersfield CondorsAHL52 6 2531 34|Playoffs8 2 24
 2019-2020 Edmonton OilersNHL71 5 1621 33|Playoffs4 0 00