Teigan Zahn Becomes Barons Defender

Nearly ten days after signing Dane Byers, the Oklahoma City Barons again nab a player for the upcoming season with a cantankerous spirit. Announced today, OKC has signed the 6′ 1″, 210 lbs, left shooting, defender, Teigan Zahn. The twice drafted Zahn has spent the majority of his youthful career with the Saskatoon Blades where he played the better part of five seasons. Across that span he netted 9 goals, 52 assists, and a whopping 549 penalty minutes. Most recently, Zahn played 27 games at the University of Calgary and posted 3 goals, 12 assists, and (no surprise) 75 penalty minutes.

Zahn is an interesting bird. Drafted twice, once by the Blackhaws in 2008, and again by the Lightning in 2010, he eventually returned to his WHL or University squad after attending training camps with the clubs that drafted him. His style of play, crash and bang/smash and grab, has come at a price. A broken jaw and the promise of hammering opponents has kept Teigan from earning an NHL contract. So the kid, now 22, has to begin somewhere. That somewhere will now be in Oklahoma City.

From the official release:

The Oklahoma City Barons signed defenseman Teigan Zahn to a contract, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Zahn, a 6-3, 210-pounder from Bethune, Sask. played last season with the University of Calgary. With the Dinos, he played in 27 games, scoring 15 points (3-12-15) and serving 75 penalty minutes. For his efforts, he was named the Canada West Men’s Hockey Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the Canada West First Team All Star Team and was the only first-year player named to the First Team All Star Team.

Prior to skating with the Dinos, he played five seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. In 286 games over those five seasons, he recorded 64 points (12-52-64) and served 549 penalty minutes. He was a teammate of Barons forward Curtis Hamilton in four of his five seasons with the Blades.

Zahn had the distinction of being drafted twice. He was selected in the 5th round (132nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks. He re-entered the draft in 2010 and was selected in the 7th round (186th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The knock on Zahn appears to be what you’d expect. Not a talented skater, heavy fisted, and a pretty solid fighter. His ice time seemed to have tallied off as the WHL Blades team got better, and thus his fighting role became more prevelant. Nonetheless, he could make things very entertaining in Oklahoma City. Guys like Andrew Lord (now gone) have always found ways to overcome their shortcomings and became valuable to fans. Zahn just might fit that mold perfectly.

Teigan is another notch on the Barons belt of confustication. Simply because they now have a rollicking group of high penalty minute patrons that equals a tough as nails style that we Barons fans aren’t all that familiar with. Antti Tyrvainen, Cameron Abney, Dane Byers, and now Teigan Zahn will likely beef up the face of the OKC minor league hockey squad in ways that we haven’t seen since the CHL Blazers days. But lost in this thought of mine is that Coach Nelson and crew were able to wrangle in Tyrvainen when we all assumed he’d lead the league in fighting minutes. He turned out to be a valuable agitator with scoring ability. This will play out rather interesting as the season begins in early October.

Interesting. Like Dane Byers, the world has discovered a fight featuring Colten Teubert fighting a new Barons signee. Huge props to OilFieldHockey for the link: