Background and History
Logan Day is one of the those oddities which are sometimes found in a NHL team’s farm system – an undrafted prospect who seems to – at the very least – have some AHL potential. Day joined the Bakersfield Condors in the 2018-2019 season after a successful collegiate career with Endicott College in the NCAA III. The 38 points in 26 games in his last year of college was enough to earn Day a chance with the Oilers.
Day signed a one year deal last season after joining the Condors for 10 games in the 2017-2018 season. With the Condors last season, Day collected seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points in 64 games. He added one more goal in 9 playoff games for the Condors and the Oilers resigned the 24 year old defender to another one year contract on May 21st.
Why He Made the List
Day is currently sitting 22nd in the Top 25 Under 25 rankings, which realistically means there isn’t a whole lot of expectation that Day will make the NHL and contribute to the Oilers. However, he has in the last year (and a little bit in the previous season) shown himself to be a capable AHL defender who is big enough to play a physical game if needed, but smart enough to put up points. Interestingly enough, Day had the most points of any defender playing for the Condors. Both Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones had similar point totals, but played less games. This marks Day out as a consistent performer on an AHL team which may have actually been the bright spot in the Oilers organization this past season. Also this thing with the scoring and the winning is fun for fans to watch.
Day has a lot of development left, but he looks to have the potential become a very solid AHL defender who may be able to jump into a seventh defender role with an NHL. And since the Oilers were trading for healthy scratch defenders in Brandon Manning, Day was at least worth another season. He is, over all, a fairly low risk prospect. His ceiling may not be huge, but his cap hit isn’t either. Signing Day to another one year contract gives him a chance to prove himself and the Oilers a defender who may turn out to be more than expected.
Why He Made the List at 22
Well, let’s be honest… I’ve hinted at the reasons he made the list at 22. He has a fairly low ceiling, he’s unlikely to make and stick in an NHL line-up, and Matt inexplicably ranked him 33rd. I add this because the rest of us here at Copper and Blue dot com seemed to have come to a sort of consensus. Then Matt threw a spanner in the works and 22nd it was.
Day is nothing special, but he’s also not awful. And since he was signed during the Chiarelli era, I think that is a huge bonus. At 24 already, Day is of limited use to the Oilers but he is, at the very least, a trade-able asset. Which is a bonus. Solid AHL production, being an asset, not being in the top ten of awful Chiarelli moves, and Matt’s inexplicable 33 are why Logan Day is at 22 in the 2019 Top 25 Under 25.