From the minors to the bigs to Hockey Night After Hours.It’s been a whirlwind last few days for Bakersfield call-up forward Josh Currie, who got his first NHL goal on a rebound in the first period.The Charlottetown native, playing his third NHL game Saturday against Anaheim Ducks, tag-teamed the post-game TV interview segment with Sam Gagner. Awfully late viewing for folks back in PEI with a three-hour time difference, but the Edmonton Oiler winger’s parents Stephen and Joanne are in town visiting their boy so they got a first-hand look at the action on the ice and how Josh did on the tube.His dad Stephen was on the Charlotteown police force for 30 years and is now retired and his mom Joanne is a nursing instructor at University of Prince Edward Island.It may have been more of an eye-opener for Josh’s grandparents back home. Game came on at 11 p.m., back in the Maritimes. But they’re used to it.“My grandparents didn’t miss a game when I was in Bakersfield and they started at 11 o’clock. They’ll take naps during the day so they can get up and watch me. They’re very passionate,” said Currie, who was playing on the AHL farm top line with Cooper Marody and Tyler Benson with about 18-20 minutes of ice-time but has been considerably less in the NHL.“It’s a different animal up here, you’ve got to show you belong and have to earn your ice-time. Nothing given in this league, for sure,” he said.Currie, whose role model growing up was Brad Richards from PEI, played in the QMJHL for PEI for four years but was never drafted.“I know everybody wants to get drafted and it’s tougher when you’re not, but I didn’t expect to be. I figured if I was good enough they would find me,” said Currie, whose odyssey to the NHL started in the ECHL for two years. “Yeah, about $500 a week … you have to save for sure.”Then three more in the AHL on an American-League deal (players starting out make about $70,000 a year). He didn’t get signed to a two-way (NHL/AHL) contract until last summer. His salary is $675,000 up here, $100,000 in Bakersfield.“It’s definitely a long-climb … when the first paycheck comes, I guess I’ll know I’m in the NHL,” kidded Currie, who had only played one NHL exhibition with Oilers, and a split-squad game in Calgary, until now and had never been inside the Oiler room at past camps, just the auxiliary dressing areas.OILERS A MAN DOWNConnor McDavid is suspended but still counts as part of the 23-man Oiler roste r—it’s not like a player on injured reserve — which begs the question: Do the Oilers have enough forwards if they deal anyone Monday at the trade deadline?They had 12 for the Ducks’ game Saturday but they may have to call up a farmhand for Monday’s game in Nashville on trade deadline day in case they deal a forward for a draft pick a few hours before game time there. If they want another forward from Bakersfield for insurance, would they have to put one of the extra defencemen on the roster, either Alex Petrovic or Kevin Gravel, on waivers Sunday to allow for a farm call-up.DUCKS WELCOME OILERS WITHOUT MCDAVIDDucks defenceman Hampus Lindholm says playing against big guns like Connor McDavid is a challenge and fun, but he’s also realistic.“I’m not going to miss him (out there),” kidded Lindholm, catching a break with the McDavid suspension.There’s been much talk that Ducks are looking to move either defencemen Brandon Montour, Josh Manson or Lindholm for a high-end, fast, young, top six winger.Lindholm would fetch the most, but Montour might be the one shopped. He’s got offensive skill and a big shot but his game has dropped off with former Ducks defenceman/coach Trent Yawney now with Oilers.CAVE FINDING A HOMEWaiver pick up, centre Colby Cave, has taken over as the Oilers No.3 pivot for now, a quantum leap forward for the former Bruins forward who has been a healthy scratch three times and had 5:51 in Minnesota and 6:16 against Detroit in two of his other 11 games.“He looks like a great add. It’s a short sampling right now; usually this is when players who are American League calibre fall off the map and he’s gone exactly the other way,” said Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock. “He’s gone up the ladder and shows more puck composure every time out. He’s got an edge to his game.”GOOD ADVICEWith Anaheim GM Bob Murray behind the bench for the rest of the season until he hires a new head coach, Ducks director of player development Todd Marchant remembers when he played for GM/coach Glen Sather. Sather only had 80 NHL goals as a feisty 10-year NHLer, but liked to tell players they needed shorter or longer sticks or different lies.“He was trying to get me to shoot harder one day and he was shooting rainbows against the boards,” joked Marchant.Oil Spills podcast: Trade deadline approaches with Edmonton Oilers in sell modeThe Edmonton Oilers are indeed sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. They dealt goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in order to clear salary cap room for defenceman Andrej Sekera, who returned to the Oilers lineup from injury.But can the Oilers under interim general manager Keith Gretzky reasonably do much else besides give players away for middling draft picks to try to clear salary off the books?Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.