The OKC Barons lost last night, but there is good news on the pro prospect front. Colten Teubert has been called up by the Oilers and he might have some company based on improved health and solid performances.
Last night in the middle of the first period, two young Barons rang shots off the post. Magnus Paajarvi–in OKC to find his confidence and some swagger–hit iron and then Teemu Hartikainen–back after missing 10 games–did the same. “We had great chances, it’s just one of those things that happens” said head coach Todd Nelson.
Phil Cornet also returned to action, he was the hottest shooter in the territory when injured, and veteran Josh Green scored a goal in his first game back (from suspension and illness) after being parked for 5.
We know from what Gabe Desjardins’ taught us that about 45% of AHL offense should come with the player should he make the NHL. Here are the AHL numbers for the Oilers various prospects (I’m including Kirill Tulupov because I think it’s only a matter of time before they add him to the 50 man list).
- Phil Cornet (25, 15-3-18) forced his way into the conversation before injury.
- Gilbert Brule (25, 8-10-18) has done everything asked but remains in OKC.
- Teemu Hartikainen (20, 8-5-13) surely he’s next to be called up.
- Ryan O’Marra (28, 6-7-13) is +10 and having his best pro season.
- Hunter Tremblay (30, 5-6-11) has been consistent if not spectacular.
- Alex Plante (28, 1-10-11) earned a call up with fine play.
- Chris VandeVelde (31, 3-7-10) lost in the flood a little this season.
- Tanner House (28, 4-5-9) +10 and certainly has the confidence of the coach.
- Tyler Pitlick (28, 4-5-9) has adjusted well to pro hockey, arrows pointing north.
- Taylor Chorney (17, 3-5-8) is now an established tweener.
- Curtis Hamilton (23, 2-5-7) a little behind Pitlick but a quality prospect.
- Linus Omark (7, 1-6-7) remains a fine talent in search of an NHL coach who believes in him.
- Colten Teubert (17, 2-4-6) has done more than anyone in OKC to impress the NHL staff this season.
- Kirill Tulupov (17, 0-5-5) signed an AHL contract recently and I bet the Oilers will get him signed in the summer.
- Antti Tyrvainen (11, 0-4-4) lost in the flood too but performs well when he plays based on what I’ve read.
- Magnus Paajarvi (4, 0-1-1) looks good according to everyone, I imagine his speed scares the daylights out of AHL defensemen. They’ll punish him plenty if he goes to the scoring zones, though and that’s what he’ll need to do in order to post crooked numbers.
- Milan Kytnar (7, 0-1-1) back to Stockton and honestly it’ll be hard to create a scenario for him next year that involves the Barons. Might be playing his final games in the organization ala Johan Motin earlier in the year.
- Cameron Abney (2, 0-0-0) is on a timeline that isn’t reflected in the boxcars. I have no idea how he’s progressing as an enforcer.
- Ryan Martindale (2, 0-0-0) in baseball they always say players who sit are “victims of a numbers game” and in this case that might be correct. We can’t really be critical because he isn’t getting the at-bats in OKC. His Stockton boxcars are coming along fine.
The Oilers have some issues at the big league level–injuries on the blue, a 4th line even the coach doesn’t love–so callups for Hartikainen, Teubert and even O’Marra seem possible. As the season rolls along, we might see players like Pitlick and of course Paajarvi’s return is only a matter of time.