The OKC Barons are in action tonight and have a very good chance to improve their hold on a playoff position. It’s close, but a strong finish (this is the first of 11 April games for the Barons, that will close the schedule) should get them into the second season. (photo by Rob Ferguson).
I find this Barons season fascinating in so many ways. For instance, the trio of Eberle, Schultz and Hall remain 2-3-4 in team scoring and Nuge, Paajarvi and Lander are all inside the club’s top 15 scorers.
But the real story for me is the 2013 numbers.
OKC LEADING SCORERS SINCE JANUARY 1
- Toni Rajala 30, 10-21-31
- Mark Arcobello 34, 11-16-27
- Jonathan Cheechoo 25, 9-15-24
- Phil Cornet 27, 11-13-24
- Josh Green 33, 7-11-18
- Taylor Fedun 31, 4-12-16
- Martin Marincin 32, 3-9-12
- Ryan Martindale 25, 5-5-10
- Teemu Hartikainen 9, 3-6-9
- Kristians Pelss 14, 1-5-6
- Antti Tyrvainen 17, 2-2-4
- Curtis Hamilton 26, 2-2-4
- Colten Teubert 27, 2-2-4
- Brandon Davidson 10, 1-2-3
- Nathan Deck 19, 1-2-3
- Andrew Hotham 20, 0-3-3
- Tanner House 26, 3-0-3
- Tyler Pitlick 10, 0-2-2
- Alex Plante 17, 1-1-2
- Chris VandeVelde 21, 1-1-2
The interesting thing for me is that Rajala and Cornet–the two prospects who are scoring well along with the AHL vets–have two things in common:
- both were drafted outside the top 100
- both were forced down to Stockton by the NHLers but did play as regulars in the ECHL.
Which brings me to a couple of questions:
- would the Oilers have been better off sending Hamilton/Pitlick/Martindale to Stockton?
- if true, why don’t they do it now?