With no Edmonton Oilers training camp running in tandem with the one in Oklahoma City, the list of attendees at Barons camp was pretty much solidified weeks ago. Yet there are always a few nearby players who make the list, take a shot, and ultimately return to their team of origin.
Here’s the full camp list:
Josh Green[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]Curtis Hamilton
Kristians Pelss[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]Kristians Pelss
Trevor Ludwig[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]Ian Keserich
The unfamiliar players are in bold so that you get an idea as to the limited number of names on this year’s training camp that aren’t already chosen Barons for 2012-13.
As is the case with most seasons, players in Central Hockey League cities will test AHL camps in hopes of getting their name, game, and abilities in front of a better league with better GM’s and better coaches. This season, in particular, might also have more eyeballs in training camp simply because the lock out has forced the Oilers to pay much more attention to the OKC team. Yet the invitees from other minor leagues are few and far between and for good reason.
The two names that are of interest to me are Eric Hunter and Trevor Ludwig. Hunter, with 16 points in 75 games as a rookie with the Lake Erie Monsters, is a semi-intriguing mention in camp. Prior to that he spent five years with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, and four years at the University of Alberta. He’s a pretty old sophomore pro player, and doesn’t appear to have much scoring potential. This summer he signed a contract with the Stockton Thunder, so we might see him if the injury bug is transferred from the Oilers to the Barons this season.
And then there’s Trevor Ludwig. The Stars six round draft pick that never really panned out, he’s a player that I remember watching from seasons with the Texas Stars. Decent hands, decent size, decent pedigree — it never seemed to click. Last season he bounced around between three teams in two different leagues, but only played 20 games. He’s looking for a shot. He won’t get it with the Barons, but he’s a guy that knows the minor league territory. He’s worth keeping on the radar, again, for injury reasons.
Camp is open to the public on Sunday morning, but most of the players have returned/landed in OKC with behind-closed-doors portions of preseason hockey.
More details can be found at www.okcbarons.com.