|Date of Birth||6/26/1997|
|Height, Weight||5'11", 198 lbs|
|Drafted||2015 - Rd 5|
Bear scored a goal on two shots and had two PIM with two blocked shots and one hit in a 6-3 win over the Flyers on Wednesday.
Bear scored his first goal of the year when he jumped into a rush late in the first period and buried a shot from the left faceoff circle to put Edmonton ahead 2-1. The 22-year-old, who appeared in 18 games last season, has locked down a role on the Oilers' blue line and is logging regular minutes, although he has just two points to show for it through seven games.
Bear posted an assist and two blocked shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Bear hadn't found the scoresheet in the first four games of the year before earning the secondary assist on Leon Draisaitl's first goal in the contest. The 22-year-old defender has produced five blocked shots and four shots on goal while skating alongside Darnell Nurse on the top pairing.
Bear is set to be recalled from AHL Bakersfield in order to suit up in Saturday's matchup with Los Angeles, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
How Bear fits into the lineup will depend on the health of Joel Persson (shoulder), but the 22-year-old could find himself on the top pairing with Darnell Nurse. The long-term absence of Adam Larsson (lower leg) has created an opportunity for Bear to secure a permanent spot in the lineup.
Bear was sent down to AHL Bakersfield on Thursday.
Evan Bouchard was called up in Bear's place. However, this may simply be a "paper" transaction to accommodate Adam Larsson's (undisclosed) move to long-term injured reserve, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Bear back with the big club ahead of Saturday's matchup with L.A. In Wednesday's season opener, the 22-year-old blueliner played 15:33 and posted a minus-1 rating.
Bear scored twice and blocked three shots in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Jets.
Bear has quickly become a favorite for the Opening Night roster, and he showed why with the big performance Thursday. He scored the game-tying goal in the third period and added an insurance tally 8:50 later to help secure the win. With Joel Persson (shoulder) out and Evan Bouchard assigned to AHL Bakersfield, Bear's in the driver's seat for a chance to skate alongside Oscar Klefbom on Opening Night. The 22-year-old posted six goals and 25 helpers in 52 contests in the minors last season, so he's definitely capable of chipping in offense from the blue line.