There have been more than 20 transactions in the AHL so far today, none involving the OKC Barons. I think the Oilers would like to see a little better performance from their callups before punching their ticket to the NHL–and that sure as hell should come tonight. A 7-0 game that featured a lot of “waving” of sticks and a thousand “also in photo” events is an outstanding coaching tool and one would bet money Todd Nelson used it to his best advantage. Delaying flights north to the promised land (only in hockey can we describe Edmonton in January as a sanctuary) is likely an attention-getter and a fine one at that.
They give away a car every Saturday night at the Barons games, and based on the crowds there’s an insane chance to win. One story we’re all following this season is Brandon Davidson’s recovery from cancer treatment. What a terrific young man. God speed.
Todd Nelson has (for the most part) been straight up in his assessment of the young prospects in OKC. The latest from him on Teemu Hartikainen is exactly what we should look for when a player is called up to the NHL.
- Nelson: “He’s a guy who needed to be here and work on his game. He’s gotten a lot better in a lot of different aspects. He’s interesting. He’s pretty versatile. He’s developed into a good player on the power play in front of the net. If given the opportunity, I think he’s ready to make that jump.”
Lineups when they arrive, and don’t worry prospect fans they can’t scratch all of the draft picks, at least until they sign a few more PTO’s.
(photo courtesy Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).