The “future” is in OKC tonight against San Antonio. The Barons lineup has some changes from last weekend’s group and the twin phenoms have a new Don Ashby.
A few comments on the lines: Green is the most experienced AHL forward on the club, has size and some skill. He might appear to be an unlikely fit but as with most things done by Coach Nelson there’s sound reasoning to the move. Suspect he’ll have success, bet we see that line a lot this winter.
Arcobello was to my eye the best forward on the team last weekend, so he gets a push and Pitlick remains in the top 6. Tyrvainen gives the line some toughness and physical play.
The 3line has two of the big prospects this year, along with VandeVelde. I’m not certain how much offense VV can provide but the other two should be able to generate chances.
4line has House with Byers and the almost forgotten Hamilton. These fellows are interchangeable with the healthy cuts, and in fact Martindale and Lander are certainly higher on the depth chart.
A more veteran group tonight. Nelson mentioned the other day how impressed he was with Marincin’s defense, so maybe that pairing will work this season. I like the 2pairing, they should be steady. Ringwald and Plante have experience and that should settle everything down. Yann Danis is the starting goaltender.