The Oklahoma City Barons are running into injury troubles, and have put out the call to Stockton for wingers Cameron Abney and Toni Rajala. Both men are recent Oiler draft picks–Rajala a 4th round pick in 2009 and Abney a 3rd rd selection, same year.

At 5.10, 163, Rajala is a longshot when he gets off the bus. However, the young man from Finland is very skilled and was having a terrific time in Stockton.

  • Stockton Coach Matt Thomas: “He’s not a huge guy, but he’s got great speed and vision, and every time he has the puck you think he can do something with it. Size doesn’t mean that you are quick or smart, and Toni is both.”

Rajala is 14, 11-12-23 with the Thunder so far this season and had a fine year in the SM-Liiga last winter. He is a guy fans like me cheer for because the bias against his player type is enormous despite evidence that smaller players can be effective.

Abney is the exact opposite of Rajala. Abney’s size (6.05, 205) and ability to fight make him a prospect of note despite a limited arsenal as a hockey player.

The callups were made necessary after this past weekend, when Tyler Pitlick and Tanner House were both concussed, and Antti Tyrvainen suffered a broken wrist.

Neither callup would be considered a strong prospect, although I believe Rajala has a chance. The Barons begin a seven-game stretch away from home Wednesday in Cedar Park, Texas against the Texas Stars.

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  1. leadfarmer says:

    Who would of thought, having depth pays off.

  2. Bar_Qu says:

    I think you meant Rajala went 11-12-23, not 13.

    Don’t know why those two players are even in the same league, let alone the same conversation. Sheesh.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Fixed. Thanks. BQ

    As much as I know Rajala is the better hockey player, I bet Abney has more NHL GP when all is said and done.

  4. Bar_Qu says:

    Yeah, I guess if SMac can do 90+ NHL games, Abney is odds on to do fairly well.

    You’d think a player like St. Louis would have at least given some GMs pause for thought.

  5. regwald says:

    LT, just to clarify, Abney was an Everett Silvertip when he was selected by the Oilers. He was then traded to the Oil Kings.

    From hockey futures:

    2009-10: Abney began his second season in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips before being acquired by the Edmonton Oil Kings in a December trade for center Clayton Cumiskey.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Ah, damn. I knew that. Got home right at 5 and wanted to post this quickly. Sorry.

  7. regwald says:


    No worries … so many transactions, so little time.

    He’s of the Musil line, instead of the Ewanyk and Moroz.story.

    <feel free to delete these two posts LT.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Regwald: Never! :-) The great thing about this blog is we’re a collective. Until 7 of 9 arrives, we’re all equal. When that happens, I’ll kill all of you in your sleep.

  9. regwald says:


    Ha ! Speaking of which, you should have her as “hockey distraction pic” … she’s a 10 !

  10. jp says:


    Ha ! Speaking of which, you should have her as “hockey distraction pic” … she’s a 10 !

    So long as it doesn’t lead to being killed in my sleep, I agree.

  11. regwald says:



  12. regwald says:

    Didn’t see it posted yet, so I figured I would post the link to Central Scouting’s latest list

    Central Scouting

    The top 20 N/A skaters below.

    1 Seth Jones D Portland 6’3.5 208
    2 Hunter Shinkaruk C Medicine Hat 5’10.25 181
    3 Ryan Pulock D Brandon 6’0.5 211
    4 Shea Theodore D Seattle 6’1.75 182
    5 Morgan Klimchuk LW Regina 5’11.5 180
    6 Joshua Morrissey D Prince Albert 5’11.75 182
    7 Mirco Muller D Everett 6’3.25 184
    8 Curtis Lazar C Edmonton 5’11.75 193
    9 Eric Roy D Brandon 6’2.5 187
    10 Madison Bowey D Kelowna 6’0.75 200
    11 Oliver Bjorkstrand RW Portland 5’10.5 167
    12 Dillion Heatherington D Swift Current 6’3 196
    13 JC Lipon C Kamloops 5’11.5 180
    14 Kayle Doetzel D Red Deer 6’2.25 190
    15 Nicolas Petan C Portland 5’8.5 163
    16 Mason Geertsen D Vancouver 6’3 199
    17 Gregory Chase C Calgary 6’0 195
    18 Marc McNulty D Prince George 6’5.75 185
    19 Connor Rankin LW Tri-City 5’11.75 194
    20 Colby Cave C Swift Current 5’11.75 185

  13. DSF says:

    JCLipon FTW

  14. Evilas says:


    You mean Top 20 WHL Prospects….

  15. regwald says:


    Sorry, didn’t notice that they posted them by each league.

  16. dessert1111 says:

    I believe Cornet was also recalled but is doubtful for tonight cuz he’s a bit sick.

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