The Oilers have a couple of days off, but the OKC Barons head into the break with a game in Charlotte this evening. Magnus Paajarvi will play in his 3rd AHL game.
It’s been tough to get a read on the OKC story this season. Injuries have had a major impact on the individual players, so the boxcars are tough to read. With the game tonight OKC will take a Christmas break, so I thought it might be an idea to give a very quick rundown on some of the roster. We’ve seen the interesting defensemen in Edmonton, here’s the story on the Baron forwards.
- Linus Omark 7, 1-6-7 +2 before injury and he hasn’t been back in some time. Omark started the season in Edmonton and should be back in the NHL at some point this season.
- Magnus Paajarvi 2, 0-0-0 E scored a beauty shootout goal and has been saying all of the right things about being demoted. I expect he’ll get a recall when the organization moves Hemsky or if there’s an injury (Gagner is banged up, so maybe he gets the call tomorrow).
- Phil Cornet 24, 15-3-18 +6 Cornet was the surprise of the fall in OKC, scoring goals on almost every shot until he eventually led the league in goals. An injury has him shelved but this is a player to watch in the second half.
- Gilbert Brule 24, 8-9-17 -3 Brule has been healthy and there’s no sign of recall. My theory is that he’s paying for past sins–there were times last season when the big league team badly needed him and Brule was unavailable. I could be wrong, but he’s playing well and no one talks about him at all.
- Teemu Hartikainen 19, 8-5-13 +1 There are rumors that Hartikainen is about to return, I could see him getting some NHL time before the end of this season–certainly after the deadline.
- Tanner House 26, 4-5-9 +8 He’s certainly playing regularly and has posted some offense this season. A center with a defensive reputation could end up being a recall should Lander get sent down.
- Tyler Pitlick 27, 4-5-9 -9 He’s been up and down the lineup but appears to be playing quite a bit at center. Jim Byers has mentioned several times during his ON interviews that Pitlick brings a physical element. I am hoping he arrives at the big league level in time for Ryan Smyth to show him the ropes.
- Curtis Hamilton 22, 2-5-7 E Hamilton has certainly had fewer opportunities than Pitlick but appears to be earning more looks lately. Scored a goal in the team’s last game on a nice shot.
Game starts soon, you can usually grab the radio from the AHL’s site.