OKC V TEXAS 13.1.13

The recalls have left OKC with a roster that is below league average by plenty for their game against Texas this afternoon. In fact, if we list the top 15 scorers eligible to play for the Barons today, it really gives you an idea about how much power has left the building.

  1. Mark Arcobello 35, 10-22-31
  2. Martin Marincin 32, 3-10-13
  3. Josh Green 20, 4-6-10
  4. Taylor Fedun 34, 2-7-9
  5. Anton Lander 33, 3-5-8
  6. Dane Byers 37, 2-4-6
  7. Curtis Hamilton 30, 2-2-4
  8. Ryan Martindale 9, 0-4-4
  9. Nathan Deck 17, 0-4-4
  10. Toni Rajala 7, 2-1-3
  11. Tanner House 24, 2-1-3
  12. Tyler Pitlick 29, 1-2-3
  13. Kristians Pelss 4, 0-2-2
  14. Phil Cornet 9, 1-0-1
  15. Antti Tyrvainen 9, 1-0-1

33 goals on the current roster from 37 games played; the Barons are fading in the very competitive South division and the Stars are 6 points ahead so this game is important.

OKC Barons have tweeted out the “tentative” forward lines:

  • Arcobello-Cornet-Rajala
  • Green-Byers-Pelss
  • Lander-Hamilton-Pitlick
  • Martindale-House-Lizon

And pairings:

  • Deck-Fedun
  • Zahn-Henry
  • Marincin-Hotham

Emphasis on tentative. Roy is starting in goal, suspect if Danis is coming to Edmonton it’ll be after the game.

(Photo of Martin Marincin courtesy Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).

The Barons and Oil Kings would do well to spend this week thinking about how to save the OKC season. I don’t think demoting Paajarvi, VandeVelde and Teubert is going to get it done.

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18 Responses to "OKC V TEXAS 13.1.13"

  1. BlacqueJacque says:

    Holy cow. Other than Arcobello, who found himself centering Hall and Eberle for a while, that team does not have a whole lot of firepower. Even Marincin is putting up merely average numbers. You can make a case for Josh Green but otherwise that team just looks sort of like the ’92-’93 Oilers. Raw prospects and aged and decidedly average vets.

  2. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I’m amazed they only had to call up one guy. Where is Erick Lizon in all of this?

  3. dessert1111 says:

    Plante can’t even crack THIS lineup? Is he injured? If you can’t beat out Hotham for a spot in the lineup, that’s not good. Poor guy, drafted 15th overall and this is what his career has come to.

  4. BlacqueJacque says:

    Holy shit, look, it’s the Mighty Thor!

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0050332013.html

    Second in skorink for SKA Petersburk, 5 points behind Kovalchuk and 6 points ahead of Vladimir Tarasenko – projected Calder finalist.

  5. BlacqueJacque says:

    dessert1111:
    Plante can’t even crack THIS lineup? Is he injured? If you can’t beat out Hotham for a spot in the lineup, that’s not good. Poor guy, drafted 15th overall and this is what his career has come to.

    That’s so sad, when you think about it.

    It probably doesn’t help that I didn’t even notice Plante’s omission from the list. I’ve subconsciously already written him off. :x

  6. Lowetide says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    I’m amazed they only had to call up one guy. Where is Erick Lizon in all of this?

    Sorry Bruce, he’s in the lineup. I had the wrong #36, Abney is still in Stockton.

  7. godot10 says:

    dessert1111:
    Plante can’t even crack THIS lineup? Is he injured? If you can’t beat out Hotham for a spot in the lineup, that’s not good. Poor guy, drafted 15th overall and this is what his career has come to.

    Wasn’t Plante hurt yesterday?

  8. Lowetide says:

    Yes. Jim Byers mentioned on the broadcast a few minutes ago not certain length of time he’ll be out. MASH + AIRLIFT equals Tyrvainen being the only healthy scratch.

  9. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Plante was hurt in a fight last night — shoulder, not concussion this time, but (at least) the 3rd time he’s incurred an injury in a fight in the last 2 years.

  10. jb says:

    aaaaand Oilers recall four.. Teemu Hartikainen, Magnus Paajarvi, Chris VandeVelde, and Colten Teubert

  11. jfry says:

    Plante needs to change his game and take the “enforcer” part completely out. Which doesn’t leave much now that he’s suffered through so many injuries, but fighting has completely killed his chance at a career. I know Bruce and I agree on this one.

  12. jfry says:

    Also, when are all the trades supposed to happen? I thought bettman was going to make every team do three major trades so “the best fans in the world” would get all excited. Waiting!

  13. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Lander lines up between Hamilton and Pitlick on a line of all second-rounders.

    Combined stats: 94 GP, 6-9-15, -19. Ouch.

  14. Bruce McCurdy says:

    jfry:
    Plante needs to change his game and take the “enforcer” part completely out. Which doesn’t leave much now that he’s suffered through so many injuries, but fighting has completely killed his chance at a career. I know Bruce and I agree on this one.

    I’m at the point where I’d like to take the “enforcer” part completely out of THE game. I am so sick of seeing kids get hurt in useless fights that nowadays I wince every time two guys drop the mitts.

    Just from the Oilers defence corps, all of Plante (2x), Teubert, Peckham and Smid have all suffered concussions in fights in the last couple of seasons.

  15. Lowetide says:

    The thing about defense is that its already such a tough position. Add in freaky icing and then fighting and NHL teams lose good ones every season. And thats without the Doug Lynch wrong diagnosis blues.

  16. OilTastic says:

    i know it’s tempting to say “let’s bring back Thor”, but let’s not, ok?

  17. DeadmanWaking says:

    Bruce killed two birds with one stone when he wrote: Compact roster is stacked with first-round talent

    Of the 25 players who remain, no fewer than thirteen of them are former first-round draft picks, an astonishing eleven of those chosen in the top half of that first round.

    Worth noting that such an alignment would give the Oilers EIGHT first-round draft picks in their top nine, with all of them having been drafted by the Oilers!

    What’s the best draft range for AHL team success? It’s certainly not the high picks we’ve enjoyed lately, except during the seven year itch.

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