Ethan Bear
Ethan Bear
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bear enjoyed a full-time role in 2019-20, posting 21 points in 71 appearances. The 23-year-old blueliner also added 106 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating. Head coach Dave Tippett likes Bear's ability to find shooting lanes on offense as well as his steady work on defense. The youngster frequently skated with Darnell Nurse on the second pairing last year, and if that duo sticks together in 2020-21, they may earn more minutes. One knock on Bear is his lack of power-play time, but he should still be able to produce near a 30-point pace despite his harder assignment. He represents a solid depth option in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Oilers in December of 2020.
No points in return
DEdmonton Oilers
February 25, 2021
Bear (head) notched three shots on goal and two PIM in 14:13 during Thursday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
ANALYSIS
Bear missed 11 games after he was struck in the head by a puck Jan. 30 versus the Maple Leafs. The defenseman has two assists, 11 blocked shots, 16 shots on net and a plus-7 rating through 11 contests. Bear typically paired with Darnell Nurse prior to his injury. Tyson Barrie filled that role in Bear's absence, and it remains to be seen which blueliner will skate with Nurse going forward. The 23-year-old Bear has limited fantasy upside, as he's a stronger defender than he is a scorer.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:11
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:34
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:06
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2019–20
21:58
0:44
1:52
2020–21
19:11
0:34
2:06
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
Edmonton has been desperate to find an offensive blueliner for years now, so it wasn't the least bit surprising that Bear went to the Oilers in the fifth round of 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Now 21 years old, he appeared in 18 games to support the Orange Crush last season, totaling one goal and three assists in that span. Bear's true potential can be witnessed in the AHL ranks, as he's collected 18 points in 37 games with Bakersfield, but it's important not to overlook the fact that the Saskatchewan native logged meaningful playing time (18:38) and even saw action with the first power-play unit as an Oilers rookie. Bear belongs on dynasty-league rosters and it's only a matter of time before he's a household name in redraft settings. With Andrej Sekera (knee) and Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) questionable to fully bounce back from their respective injuries, the young blueliner's time could come sooner rather than later.
The Oilers struck gold by selecting Bear in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, as he's gone on to post a pair of spectacular seasons in the WHL, including 28 goals and 70 points with a plus-34 rating over 67 games last year -- huge numbers for a blueliner. Now 20 years old, he'll take his talents to the AHL along with fellow offensive defenseman and 2015 draft value Caleb Jones this season. An accomplished playmaker and shooter, Bear is approaching must-own status in dynasty formats, and if he carries his production over to the pro level, it might not be all that long until he’s patrolling Edmonton’s blue line -- though that probably won't happen this season.
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Will play against Vancouver
DEdmonton Oilers
February 25, 2021
Bear (head) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Canucks, The Athletic's Allan Mitchell reports.
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Activated off IR
DEdmonton Oilers
February 25, 2021
Bear (head) has been activated off injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
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Not ready for return
DEdmonton Oilers
Head
February 23, 2021
Bear (head) is still on injured reserve and won't play in Tuesday's game against Vancouver, per the official NHL media site.
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May return Tuesday
DEdmonton Oilers
Head
February 23, 2021
Bear (head) practiced with the team Tuesday, indicating that he may draw into the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Canucks.
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Suffers setback
DEdmonton Oilers
Head
February 17, 2021
According to coach Dave Tippett, Bear (head) has suffered a setback, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
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