Another hockey season has come and gone for the Oilers. Another season ending at the bottom of the barrel and with only hope for a successful draft left for fans to cling to. But maybe there is something to the hope of the rebuild, after all the Oklahoma City Barons in only their second season of existence have led the Western Conference of the AHL. While not every player on the Barons’ roster is an Oiler prospect a good number are and now it just remains to be seen if the success can translate to the next level. Playoff success couldn’t hurt though.
Oilers beat Ducks (no April fools joke) 2-1
Three first period goals and all scored by a Teemu, this was an NHL first in what may have been Teemu Selanne’s last home game as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. While fans filled the lower bowl with signs asking for one more year, Selanne remained mum on the subject.
Oilers lose 3-2 to Sharks
The Edmonton Oilers and their fans remember when Jarome Iginla commented that “It’s always fun to play spoilers to the Oilers” as the Calgary Flames knocked the Oilers out of the playoff running. Well Mr. Iginla, revenge is a dish best served cold. Ice cold. It’s true, there are still several more games, but this game has an impact on the standings. Say hello to 10th place Cowtown. Yes, the Oilers are faring much worse in the standings, but once again the team will benefit from the addition of another top prospect. May this be the last year we say that.
The Oklahoma City Barons’ clear day roster has been approved by the American Hockey League. The purpose of the clear day roster is to determine with 22 players will be allowed to play the remaining 18 games as well as playoffs. Other players on the Barons roster will be permitted to play in the event of an injury, recall or suspension. There is also the option for signed junior players to play with the Barons once their season is over.
The names on the list are not in and of themselves surprising, but it is due to an injury that one rookie of particular note has been left off of the list.
Defenceman Taylor Chorney was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2005 entry draft and it seems that 7 years later, his time with the organization may be at an end. Chorney has spent the majority of his season with the Oklahoma City Barons and this summer while the Oilers iced a young and often times injured blue line. This summer, Chorney needs a new contract.
Nation Radio is a two hour program on Edmonton’s Team 1260 on Saturday afternoons. The show routinely features various voices and faces from the hockey world discussing trades, prospects and statistics, but it tends to focus more on Edmonton hockey teams. I had the opportunity to talk Oilers prospects on Nation Radio this past Saturday as did the voice of the Oklahoma City Barons, Jim Byers.
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Yann Danis from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL after Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a groin injury during Sunday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. According to the Oilers’ official twitter feed, Khabibulin is expected to miss 7-10 days.
The Edmonton Oilers have announced a minor trade Thursday afternoon sending centreman Ryan O’Marra to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Bryan Rodney. From the Oilers’ press release:
Rodney, 27, has played in 41 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch collecting 20 points (5G, 15A)
The 6’0”, 200-pound rearguard has played 33 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes scoring a goal and adding 12 assists. In 280 AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers and the Crunch, Rodney has recorded 156 points (29G, 127A). He was also named an AHL All-Star in 2010 and 2011.
Rodney, who is from London, Ontario, completed a five-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career in 2005, totaling 234 points (47G, 187A) and 224 penalty minutes in 311 regular-season games with Ottawa, Kingston and London. He also won the 2005 Memorial Cup with London.
The Edmonton Oilers have in their systems several World Juniors players and stars. Ryan Smyth, Devan Dubnyk, Taylor Hall and of course Jordan Eberle have all had the honour. Those names may come to mind more easily than 2010 2nd round selection Curtis Hamilton, but Hamilton should not be forgotten. In 7 games at the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo, Hamilton won silver, scored 4 goals and was second only to Brayden Schenn in that regard.
Oklahoma City Barons shutout Abbotsford Heat 4-0
The months of anticipation led to a fairly lacklustre game Thursday night between the Abbotsford Heat and the Oklahoma City Barons. Of course if you were an Oilers or Barons fan, you left the Saddledome with an ear to ear grin. After all, the Oilers have so seldom won in this building, that even an AHL level victory is momentous.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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