Oiler prospects are getting more game action in Oklahoma City according to reports, but the offense is going south. Three games into the season, the Barons are 0-3 with 4 goals for, and that’s a constipated offense if we ever saw one.
A year ago–after 3 games–the Barons had 9 goals and were 2 wins, 1 loss. The big scoring star was Justin Schultz (3, 3-2-5 +5) but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Teemu Hartikainen, Josh Green and Ryan Martindale had all contributed multi-point games.
This season? Well, the scoring list is very small.
OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS 2013-14 SCORING
- Phil Larsen 2, 1-1-2
- Ryan Martindale 3, 1-1-2
- Ryan Jones 3, 1-0-1
- Tyler Pitlick 3, 1-0-1
- Brad Hunt 2, 0-1-1
- Anton Lander 2, 0-1-1
- Taylor Fedun 3, 0-1-1
- Matt Ford 3, 0-1-1
The only even-strength goal came from Jones, and the club is 0-3 and have been outscored 7-4. They trail in SOG 87-85 and have several good players (notably Linus Omark) who have yet to score. It’s early of course, but I did want to find out how things were going “down on the farm” so far this year.
- Oscar Klefbom- Todd Nelson: “He doesn’t mind the physical stuff. It’s more or less the mental side, learning the pro game, adjusting to the way the game is played over here. His time with us is really going to help his development.”
- Tyler Pitlick: I spoke to Eric Rodgers early in the week and he said “his improvement from last season has been the most marked I’ve seen so far.” This would jive with the SH goal and the reports we’re getting about his TOI increasing. Added to his training camp/pre-season it’s a nice set of arrows.
- Ryan Martindale- Rodgers again: “He’s another one whose offensive ability has improved from last season. Looks like he’s finding the puck more, and is working on being something other than a 3rd line center, which is where he was last year.”
- Ryan Martindale-Patricia Teter: “Martindale has had some very good moments. Not great but very good.”
- Phil Larsen- Rodgers: “He’s been nothing but solid.”
- Travis Ewanyk- Rodgers: “He’s been playing the 4th line center role perfectly. I’m excited to see him develop.”
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