The impact of today’s news will be felt in Edmonton later this week, but impacts the Barons immediately. On the road and now with their three best players (Hall, Eberle, Schultz) off to OKC to pack up for Edmonton’s TC, coach Todd Nelson is faced with playing a game this afternoon badly undermanned.
(photo of Curtis Hamilton courtesy Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).
Jordan Eberle told us the news about his being a healthy scratch today and the same goes for Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz. Jason Gregor gives us another side to the story.
So we’re clear on two of the players who’ll head north with the trio of Hall, Ebs and Schultz. I would think a center–VandeVelde or Lander—along with Magnus Paajarvi would also be coming north but we’ll have to wait and see. OKC has a full slate of games next weekend (Fri-Sun) which is at the very least inconvenient for the career aspirations of several Oiler prospects. I would think not getting an invite would be a “tell” in terms of Paajarvi’s fortunes with the organization.
For the rest of the group, there’s a chance someone like Mark Arcobello, Taylor Fedun and Yann Danis receive recalls based on injuries and specific circumstance. We’ll have to wait and see, exciting days ahead.
What then does this mean to the Barons as they sit idling in the driveway? GREAT news for veterans who had fallen down the depth chart, men like Josh Green and Dane Byers. FABULOUS news for kids like Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton, they’ll get regular turns and maybe some PP time. OUTSTANDING news for Toni Rajala and Phil Cornet, they’re likely back in the AHL.
Bad news? Mark Arcobello, whose new linemates are a little shy of the last pair. This was a major career opportunity and although he took full advantage it may not have been enough to get noticed. If he gets a call to camp later this week, the hard work of years will have paid off to the point where he’s above the event horizon as a prospect. Undrafted, undersized, and won a job during a lockout? Pretty compelling article, if he has a career maybe even a book.
Up in the air? Olivier Roy a little, I’d think anyway. Danis should be going north but you never know and if Danis stays then the young goalie is back to playing three times a month.
I’ll post lineups in the comments section today, should be an interesting game. Man. Pinch me I’m dreaming.