Oklahoma City Barons took the Texas Stars to the woodshed last night, payback for a week old thrashing that went the other way.
For Oiler fans, it was an extremely interesting night, as some kids took part in the scoring and others didn’t appear in the game.
It’s early, and much too early to start getting bothered by the results. However, some Barons are off to nice starts and are worthy of note.
- W Teemu Hartikainen (3, 1-1-2 -1) leads the OKC Barons forwards in shots on goal (9) and got his goal on the powerplay. I’d think he would be the most likely candidate for callup should Hordichuk’s injury replacement not come from the group of forwards already in Edmonton (Gagner, Eager). If he played in the Detroit system, Hartikainen might be looking at an ETA of 2013 fall, but this is Edmonton and the next callup might be the last one. A long term solution for the Oilers unless they trade him.
- D Colten Teubert (3, 2-1-3 +2) leads all Barons in shots on goal (10) and was back with Kevin Montgomery last night forming a solid pairing for OKC. Expect he’ll be a callup sometime this season, but Potter impressed last night, Whitney is close to a return and Petry was a HS so there’s no need to push him.
- F Tyler Pitlick (3, 1-2-3 +1) I talked to Jim Byers (OKC PBP man) yesterday and he told me Pitlick was turning heads with his physical play. He’s also posted some crooked numbers early and that bodes well for him. He could see some NHL action this season if the usual bushel of injuries hit the Oilers.
- C Chris VandeVelde (3, 1-2-3 +3) He played a big part in the win last night and may see some NHL time this season. VV’s window is now, so if RNH and Lander stay in the NHL we might see VandeVelde offloaded to another team for a talented player at another position. He’s building a nice resume.
- F Antti Tyrvainen (2, 0-1-1 +4) A peppy forward with some zip, he’s a guy we should keep track of this season.
I could list another 5, but those are the kids who are both tracking well and could have a future with the big league team. Not among the group is Curtis Hamilton, Byers told me that since Hamilton isn’t on either special team there hasn’t been a great deal of ice for him so far this season. He didn’t dress last night, so one would guess he’s a bit behind Pitlick at this time.
Barons host Houston this afternoon, you can catch the pbp via either the OKC site or the AHL site.