BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, added five players for the 2014-15 season. Left wing Spencer Bennett is the lone returner of the group, after playing 37 games with the Condors last season. Joining him are forwards Jonathan Lessard, Dan DeLisle, Sébastien Sylvestre and Jordan Lane.
Bennett posted 22 points (5g-17a) with Bakersfield last season and also appeared in five postseason contests with the team. Selected in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, Bennett has 39 points (13g-26a) in 66 career ECHL games with Bakersfield, Alaska, Gwinnett and Orlando while he has added three points (2g-1a) in 11 career AHL games with Abbotsford and Portland. Prior to turning pro, Bennett had 110 points (56g-54a) in 143 Western Hockey League games with Portland and Vancouver.
Lessard led Allen of the Central Hockey League in scoring last season with 28 goals and was second on the club with 57 points in 62 games. He added 15 points (9g-6a) in 17 playoff games as Allen went on to capture the President’s Cup title. The 23-year-old made his pro debut in the ECHL in 2012-13, posting seven points (1g-6a) in 31 games with San Francisco and Utah. Prior to turning pro, he spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Acadie-Bathurst and Baie-Comeau where he compiled 200 points (115g-85a) in 254 games.
Delisle turned pro last season, notching four points (1g-3a) in 22 games with the Idaho Steelheads. The 24-year-old played four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2009-13, capturing a National Championship with the Bulldogs in 2011. He was selected in the third round (89th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Sylvestre enters his rookie seasons after spending the previous three seasons in the QMJHL with Chicoutimi and Rimouski, tallying 148 points (61g-87a) in 165 games. The 20-year-old led Chicoutimi in scoring with 44 points (20g-24a) in just 38 games last season before being traded to Rimouski where he totaled 32 points (10g-22a) in 26 games.
Lane enters his fourth professional season after playing 56 games with Quad City of the Central Hockey League last season. He finished the year third on the Mallards with 88 penalty minutes.