The Graduates

How many good NHL players should we expect the Oklahoma City Barons to graduate per season? Last year, we can reasonably argue that Jeff Petry and Linus Omark showed well in OKC (although their development was pretty much done); does that represent a typical season?

Going back to 1999-00, here are the graduates for each season:

  • 99-00: Daniel Cleary; Dan Lacouture 
  • 00-01: Shawn Horcoff; Scott Ferguson 
  • 01-02: Jason Chimera; Fernando Pisani; Alexei Semenov; Alex Henry; Ty Conklin.
  • 02-03: Jarret Stoll; Marc-Andre Bergeron
  • 03-04: Jeff Woywitka
  • 04-05: Brad Winchester
  • 05-06: Matt Greene
  • 06-07: Kyle Brodziak; Marc Pouliot;  Toby Petersen; Zack Stortini; JF Jacques
  • 07-08: Jeff Deslauriers
  • 08-09: Rob Schremp; Liam Reddox; Gilbert Brule
  • 09-10: Devan Dubnyk; Theo Peckham; Ryan Potulny
  • 10-11: Linus Omark; Jeff Petry

I tried to use 100 games in the NHL as the line in the sand, but some players (Cleary, Brule) played in the NHL before I’ve counted them as graduates so it’s not a perfect list but rather an attempt to find something resembling an estimate.

In the 12 seasons listed above, I count 28 players or about 2.3 a season. It would seem that 2 or 3 AHL grads is an expected season. Here are my candidates for graduation this season (from last year’s roster):

  1. Teemu Hartikainen
  2. Taylor Chorney
  3. Colten Teubert
  4. Chris VandeVelde
  5. Tanner House
  6. Ryan O’Marra
  7. Alex Plante
  8. Milan Kytnar

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