The OKC Barons are leading the league in damn near everything, and Taylor Hall is on the way. I don’t know about you, but cheering for a winner feels very good!
Justin Schultz leads the league in points and was the player of the month for October. He also leads in points by a defenseman and points by a rookie. Schultz is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals (2) and Colten Teubert leads in pims.
Taylor Hall steps onto AHL ice for the first time tonight, and if he plays the full season down there we should see some spectacular things. Hall’s presence should open up the ice on EV and PP sorties and one imagines the PP will be even more effective. I can’t wait to see Hall, Nuge, Eberle and Justin Schultz working together.
If you’ve been reading Eric Tulsky’s stuff, then you know the value of a player who can gain the zone under control is off the charts. Hall is such a player, and it’ll be interesting to see how many times this weekend (three games) the young man flies a sortie successfully into enemy territory. He’s going to be rusty, but he’s a gem.
Cameron Abney was called back up and I suspect he’s going to play a role this weekend and in the future. If you’re following along at home–and we all are–Abney is a prospect in that role. The Oilers have employed enforcer’s all down the line, and I think this management group sees having one as a benefit. The one positive I recall from the olden days is that it makes it easy to double shift the forward pair who are having a strong night.
Brandon Davidson is out, Teigan Zahn is the callup. He’s another big, tough player, so we can predict many pims and shorthanded situations during the weekend.