The Barons play game 5 of their semifinal series later this afternoon against Grand Rapids. The Griffins have added some Red Wings and that’s going to make them tougher to beat, but there’s so much good news on the farm it’s difficult to build up a lot of anger, rage or even disappointment these days.

Take last night as an example. Notice where the prospects (in bold and italics) are on the depth chart:

  • L1: Mark Arcobello-Phil Cornet-Jonathan Cheechoo
  • L2: CJ Stretch-Toni Rajala-Teemu Hartikainen
  • L3: Chris VandeVelde-Josh Green-Tyler Pitlick
  • L4: Ryan Martindale-Ben Eager-Antti Tyrvainen
  • D1: Martin Marincin-Taylor Fedun
  • D2: Brandon Davidson-Garrett Stafford
  • D3: Randy Jones-Andrew Hotham
  • G1: Yann Danis

Four of the top 6F’s and three of the top 4D’s are prospects, and they are productive! Really nice result, I think these playoffs have allowed us to see the progress in Stockton and some amazing stories (Marincin’s struggles, Davidson’s cancer, Fedun’s recovery from a nasty injury).

AHL Hockey: Dec 07 Barons vs Houston

The defensive quality and depth is especially pleasing, considering that is not a strength of the organization going back a long time. Since the 2000-01 season, the Oilers have developed less than a half dozen truly useful NHL defensemen (NHL GP in paranthesis):

  • Marc-Andre Bergeron (490)
  • Matt Greene (466)
  • Tom Gilbert (447)
  • Jeff Woywitka (278)
  • Scott Ferguson (215)
  • Alexei Semenov (211)
  • Alex Henry (177)
  • Theo Peckham (160)
  • Jeff Petry (156)
  • Brad Northon (124)
  • Mathieu Roy (66)
  • Taylor Chorney (61)
  • Danny Syvret (59)
  • Ales Pisa (53)
  • Bobby Allen (51)
  • Colten Teubert (24)
  • Bryan Young (17)
  • Kari Haakana (13)
  • Dean Arsene (13)
  • Alex Plante (10)
  • Chris Hajt (6)
  • Doug Lynch (2)
  • Sebastian Bisaillon (2)
  • Johan Motin (1)

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14 Responses to "OKC V GRAND RAPIDS G5 2.6.13"

  1. Ducey says:

    Hopefully its a Baron’s win. I am still watching Pitlick (watching his boxscore). He was second in shots yesterday (4) to Rajala’s seven.Looks like he is contributing. Maybe he is due.

    The Barons look to have dominated the third yesterday (outshot GR 15-5) so hopefully that will carry over a little.

    I also hope MacT’s Auntie shows up in the next 24 hrs.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Ducey: I’m following Pitlick too, I think this run will do him a world of good next season.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Jurco makes it 1-0 GR 15 minutes into the second period.

  4. Lowetide says:

    2-0 GR now on a shorthanded goal. Major third period coming up for the Barons, this is their final home game of the series. Winning two in their rink? Tough way to win out.

  5. Lowetide says:

    3-0, Tatar. Man. Damn Red Wings!

  6. 106 and 106 says:

    I’m not saying GR is a different team with some new talent, but they are wiping the floor with the boys.

    Shake it off.

  7. RickDeckard says:

    106 and 106,

    Mrazek had a 40 save shutout last night too.

  8. Lowetide says:

    He just shut them down and that’s the name of that tune. GR up 3-2 and heading home.

  9. OilLeak says:

    Rajala with another 5 shots, Pitlick with 2; Barons out shot the Griffins 37-25. Sounds like the Barons have run into some hot goaltending that Danis hasn’t been able to match .

    My expectation for Pitlick is that he can put together enough offense for a 4th line role in the NHL.

  10. dessert1111 says:

    The problem with Pitlick is he still looks lost in the defensive zone. He’s not going to get any special teams time, and though he has looked better offensively (and physically) over the past couple months, I just can’t see him pushing for NHL employment anytime soon. In fact I think he would be one of the first guys out of the AHL lineup out of the current group.

  11. mike.c33 says:

    An interesting tidbit from Antti Raanta’s Wikipedia page:

    “Antti Raanta is a Finnish ice hockey goaltender who currently plays professionally in Finland for HIFK of the SM-liiga. In 2013, he won the Finnish championship with Ässät and he was awarded both the Lasse Oksanen trophy for the SM-liiga best player of regular season and the Jari Kurri trophy for the best player of the playoffs.”

    Maybe he isn’t coming over after all?

  12. RickDeckard says:


    Ryan Whitney “currently” “plays” for the Oilers.

  13. mike.c33 says:


    If I am not mistaken, Antti Raanta played for Assat of the SM-liiga in 2012-13. When did he start playing for HIFK? Maybe he signed a contract with them? Maybe he isn’t coming over to North America after all?

  14. RickDeckard says:


    Ah, I didn’t realize that was your point. Sorry.

    A quick google turns up some Finnish articles which make refernce to a move between the clubs (google translate is pretty crude) but all of them mention him as being 23 so they must have been written in early May (before his birthday). If so, I think it means he was covering his own butt by locking down a SM Liiga job if he didn’t get any NHL attention. Or maybe HIFK wants a transfer fee?

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