The Barons added two players this week (Eric Hunter and Jordan Henry) and of course the Hall-Ebs-Nuge-Schultz group should have plenty of success.The club has been horrible on the PK, solid on the PP and outshot at evens.
The Heat are on some kind of roll at evens and the PK. Abbottsford have killed off 39 of 40 man-advantages (97.5%) and have scored three PK GF. The Heat power play is also tied for top spot in the AHL on home ice converting 32% of its power play opportunities. That’s ridiculous, and it won’t last all season, but that doesn’t mean it’ll stop this weekend.
The Barons have an extremely nice group of young players. The Pitlicks and the Hamiltons are getting buried a little but we knew that would happen.
Justin Schultz is the story of the early season, with Nuge and Ebs finding their way now being a secondary story. Hall will impact soon, and I do think Hartikainen has proven all he can at this level and should get a push.
Beyond that, we have Mr. Paajarvi who I think is an NHL player, and Mr. Marincin who looks good beside Schultz and that’s a win but he might have a year’s worth of struggles around the corner.
A quick note on Fedun: he seems to be emerging as the “4th” option behind the Marincin-Schultz pairing and Teubert. That’s basically the Alex Plante job so there’s progress there too.