by Lisa Brown on 03/08/12 at 04:10 PM ET
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.
The clear day roster includes:
Left off of the roster were:
Olivier Roy - G
Kevin Montgomery – D
Kirill Tulupov – D
Curtis Hamilton* – C
Tanner House* - C
Andrew Lord - C
Ryan Martindale* - C
*indicates an Oilers contract.
Roy being left off of the list makes a lot of sense. He has been the leading goaltender of the Stockton Thunder and although Roy did receive a short call-up to the Barons, Roy played only 68 minutes of AHL time. In those short 68 minutes however, Roy matched his ECHL save percentage of 0.927. This of course is not indicative that Roy will make a seamless transition to the AHL, but that perhaps there is reason to be hopeful of the Oilers netminders in the system.
Ryan Martindale also received a short call-up to the Barons from the Stockton Thunder, but played only 4 games with the team. With a full complement of old and young players up front there was no need to include Martindale on the Barons’ clear day roster, he will have other opportunities.
For both Tanner House and Curtis Hamilton, this is their first full season with the Barons, and both have had low point seasons. House has 4 goals and 15 points in 52 games while Hamilton has 5 goals and 11 points in 41 games.
The lack of scoring is due in large part to the sheer number of veterans on the team, and players who are able to better compete at the AHL level. While the Barons are working with the Oilers to develop their prospects, they are also there to win games and take championships. And so, the rookies have had to earn their minutes and their positions. For Hamilton and House this has just been one of those years, and someone has to finish last.
There is also the concern that they may not be room in the organization moving forward for both Pilick and Hamilton. Both have had slow seasons, with Pitlick putting up only a single goal, and 4 points more than Hamilton, but Pitlick has also played 4 more games. In terms of size, both are quite similar; Hamilton 6’3” 202lbs and Pitlick 6’2” 193lbs.
But, both are signed to entry level contracts through the 2013-14 season.
There is no cause for alarm just yet that Hamilton did not make the clear day roster, he is out with a knee injury for the next 6-8 weeks.
If the Oilers do feel they are ready to decide between Pitlick and Hamilton, one may be a part of a trade in the search for the ever elusive puck moving defenceman the team so desperately needs.
Players that are not on the clear day roster may not play with the team, but they are eligible to participate in practice. You have to think that the players with the Barons, but not on the roster will work harder than ever in practice to earn any spots that may open up due to injury
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