The Best Oilers Farm?

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“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.”
– Will Rogers

The Oklahoma City Barons earned four out of a possible six points this weekend in a three games in three days home stand with the playoffs in full and glorious view. The Barons, for the second straight season, will make the playoffs. They’ll also look to make some history as an Oilers farm team, and quite possibly in a shortened season.

The 2002-2003 Hamilton Bulldogs are the only Oilers affiliated farm team to have nabbed over 100 standings points in the regular season. That team did have the advantage of being dual affiliated with the Habs, and thus featured the talents of some players you may have heard of – Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec, Marc Andre Bergeron, Marcel Hossa, Fernando Pisani, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Raffi Torres, and Mike Ribeiro to name a few. That squad eventually would lose in the Finals of the AHL Playoffs but they were a dominate team from beginning to end.

In 2011-12, the Oilers farm team in Oklahoma City is barreling through the final weeks of the season, a few hiccups along the way, but still a force to be reckoned with. The American League has shortened the season by four games (to accomodate many things, but mainly to relieve the need for more three in threes, etc.) and that makes the getting of 100 standings points even more impressive.

As it stands today the team has 91 points with 8 games remaining in the regular season – half on the road, half at home. With the way this team is playing and the competition they’ll face, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Barons will hit 100 points. And they’ll probably add a memorable season to the pantheon of Oilers minor league affiliates.

Below are the regular season stats from the Oilers affiliates (some are dual affiliates or partial seasons). 1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers are the only team in the direct minor league farm to have won a championship.

Season Team League GP W L T OTL SOL Pts Pct GF GA PIM
1979-80 Houston Apollos CHL 80 32 38 10 0 0 74 0.46 300 319 1309
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 80 32 45 3 0 0 67 0.42 307 346 2213
1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL 80 44 33 3 0 0 91 0.57 343 289 2077
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 80 34 39 7 0 0 75 0.47 304 315 1923
1983-84 Moncton Alpines AHL 80 32 40 8 0 0 72 0.45 251 278 0
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 80 36 37 7 0 0 79 0.49 292 295 0
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 80 29 43 8 0 0 66 0.41 314 353 1799
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 80 38 39 0 0 3 79 0.49 318 315 1825
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 80 35 34 9 2 0 81 0.51 323 343 2063
1988-89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 27 47 6 0 0 60 0.38 308 388 2393
1989-90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 39 34 7 0 0 85 0.53 317 306 1556
1990-91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 41 31 8 0 0 90 0.56 306 301 1757
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 36 34 10 0 0 82 0.51 336 330 1736
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 36 32 12 0 0 84 0.53 356 336 1831
1993-94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 32 35 13 0 0 77 0.48 316 339 2493
1994-95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 27 44 9 0 0 63 0.39 298 342 2103
1995-96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 33 40 3 4 0 73 0.46 290 323 2418
1990-91 Kansas City Blades IHL 82 25 53 0 4 0 65 0.33 255 385 0
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 28 39 9 4 0 69 0.43 220 276 2640
1997-98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 36 22 17 5 0 94 0.59 264 242 2225
1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 40 29 7 4 0 91 0.57 229 206 1661
1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 27 34 13 6 0 73 0.46 225 262 1555
2000-01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 28 41 6 5 0 67 0.42 227 281 1760
2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 37 30 10 3 0 87 0.54 247 205 1664
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 49 19 8 4 0 110 0.69 279 191 1319
2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 80 35 34 8 3 0 81 0.51 219 224 1420
2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 80 32 33 0 4 11 79 0.49 201 223 1873
2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 35 41 0 0 4 74 0.46 225 251 2090
2005-06 Iowa Stars AHL 80 41 31 0 1 7 90 0.56 238 228 1411
2007-08 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 35 35 0 5 5 80 0.5 214 257 1564
2008-09 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 24 44 0 8 4 60 0.38 188 258 1516
2009-10 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 25 39 0 12 4 66 0.41 207 296 1636
2010-11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 80 40 29 0 2 9 91 0.57 245 234 1351