Can the Bakersfield Condors tonight clinch a first round win in their five game series against the Colorado Eagles?I like their chances, mainly because this Condors team doesn’t just have some young talent in Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, Caleb Jones and Evan Bouchard, it’s also stacked with grinders.Indeed it’s those grinders who have led the Bakersfield team to victory in two out of three of its playoff games to date.Essentially Bakersfield has three high-skilled young forwards in Benson, Marody and the injured Kailer Yamamoto, but every single other player is a two-way grinder, and some of them are good enough that the Edmonton Oilers should be expecting them to make the Oilers next year, at least in a fourth line role.Enough with the overpaid, under-performing, slowing-down NHL vets making their last of many millions on an Oilers contract on the third or four line. Bakersfield grinders extraordinaire like Joe Gambardella, Patrick Russell and Josh Currie can all challenge for one or two jobs on Edmonton’s fourth line, injecting the Oilers with cheap, useful, responsible and utterly desperate at the bottom end of the roster, players will to eat pucks blocking shots on the penalty kill and take two hits to make one play.Hyperbole aside, you get the idea.They’ve all been doing this so far for Bakersfield in the playoffs.The two best Bakersfield lines have been the top line of Gambardella, Brad Malone and Patrick Russell and the third/fourth line of Evan Polei, Tyler Vesel and Dave Gust.Russell has made a team-leading seven major contributions to Grade A chances at even strength so far in the three games, while Malone has made five. In their own end, they’ve been near spotless defensively, as they check hard and play their positions well. Malone lacks the speed for the NHL game, but in the AHL he’s a checking beast.Polei is the most intriguing of the grinder prospects. He’s tied with Russell with seven major contributions on Grade A chances at even strength and leads the team with two goals. Polei is huge, 6-feet, 2-inches, 230 pounds, tough to the point of menacing, and has some skill. He went from nine points in his first season to 20 points this year. He’s still on an AHL contract, but if he keeps going like this it’s hard to imagine he won’t get an NHL contract this June.One key for Polei is at the Oilers get a new GM in place fast, before the Condors get eliminated from the playoffs. It would be great for the new GM to be down in Bakersfield for this ride, to see first hand what kind of teammates and performers this Condors crew is, so that he doesn’t overlook the less obvious talent on the minor league team, as can happen when a new boss comes to town. We certainly saw that in the past when Dallas Eakins/Craig MacTavish and Todd McLellan/Peter Chiarelli all overlooked or were impatient with some useful players from the Bakersfield team.Grinders Luke Esposito and Mitch Callahan have also done some good work in Bako.In total, the grinders have made up for a mediocre start to the playoffs by Benson and especially Marody. They’ve found it difficult to so far break through Colorado’s top pairing d-men to score, with defender Anton Lindholm doing a solid job in particular.