The OKC Barons are on a blazing 6-0-1-0 streak and can tie for the division lead with a win tonight. Their 62 goals for is good for 4th place (tie) in the entire league, and as you are no doubt aware three of the top 5 AHL scorers are Barons.
It’s a nice start. But not for everyone.
Secondary scoring among forwards is not happening. Beyond the top 2 lines there’s not a lot shaking. Here, let me show you:
THE TOP END
- Jordan Eberle 18, 11-15-26
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 17, 8-12-20
- Teemu Hartikainen 18, 6-10-16
- Taylor Hall 10, 4-10-14
- Magnus Paajarvi 18, 2-10-12
- Mark Arcobello 16, 5-5-10
THE BOTTOM END
- Chris VandeVelde 17, 1-4-5
- Dane Byers 18, 2-2-4
- Ryan Martindale 6, 0-3-3
- Curtis Hamilton 14, 2-0-2
- Josh Green 3, 1-1-2
- Toni Rajala 3, 1-1-2
- Kristians Pelss 3, 0-2-2
- Tyler Pitlick 14, 0-2-2
- Antti Tyrvainen 8, 1-0-1
- Tanner House 12, 1-0-1
- Anton Lander 14, 1-0-1
Byers has had some reasoncable offensive seasons in his AHL career, and Josh Green can post some numbers in this league (he’s close to ready). Rajala is an interesting chap, and one would hope that guys like Hamilton and Pitlick (currently concussed) have a little more pluck than currently reflected in the boxcars.
The Barons play tonight and tomorrow night and then nothing until next Saturday, so enjoy these next two games. I quite like mid-week hockey, miss it actually.
I’m not really certain what happened, but coach Todd Nelson seems to have settled the blue down with some minor tinkering. The top pairing remains intact (Marincin-Schultz) and they’ve been rolling Fedun-Teubert and Plante-Henry recently with some success. The third pairing has been wobbly at times–I would very much like to know if Alex Plante is still suffering from concussion symptoms and all kidding aside it is reasonable to assume all those head hits have had an impact on his career.
Yann Danis to my eye is returning to the form of last season–bad news for Barons’ opponents.