The Bakersfield Condors will play its first home playoff game in team AHL history tonight, against the Colorado Eagles. After winning the opener on the road, Bakersfield lost game two in the best of five and that sets up a massive game tonight.
WILDE’S 5-on-5 CORSI NUMBERS
Wilde’s brilliant work offers us a window into usage and success, with the first line, the third line plus second and third pairings enjoying some high times.
OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS 2013 SPRING
While we’re doing these GDT’s, I thought it might be an idea to look back on Todd Nelson’s bunch in OKC back in the day. Game Three of the Barons series against the Charlotte Checkers also saw the teams enter the game tied 1-1. Here’s what I wrote at the time:
The OKC Barons and Charlotte Checkers are tied at 1 each and play game three in their series tonight. The big offensive stars for the Barons are Mark Arcobello (2, 3-2-5), Josh Green (2, 1-3-4) and Toni Rajala (2, 0-3-3).
Rajala is going to get some attention as things roll forward, he’s earned it. An article here suggests the important people in the organization are aware of his season:
Coach Todd Nelson: “Who knows how many points he would have had if he had been here all season? He might’ve been a candidate for Rookie of the Year. We’re extremely pleased with the way he’s produced.”
More Nelson: “His skill set is very high. Besides seeing the ice well and setting up other guys for goals he has a knack for putting the puck in the net. It seems every game there’s something new he tries. And he actually ends up completing the move.”
Could be nothing, probably nothing. Still, they’re not writing stories about the 2nd round picks in OKC, they’re writing them about the little Finn that could.
Arcobello ended up having an NHL career, Oilers bought out Rajala. Part of that was managerial change (GM’s draft gold nuggets, their replacement GM’s take out the trash) and part of it was size bias. Rajala could play. That’s a fact.