BBG&CS: Forward Depth, Yak No, Viva O’Marra, (La)Franchise

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“For the most part, depth is not the problem for the Oilers’ forward crops. Underachieving veterans and still-callow youth are the primary areas of concern, as is the potential for pressure from the salary cap.” – via OilersNation

“Deck has only played 12 games for OKC, and he’s often had the huge advantage of being teamed up with phenom Justin Schultz on the Barons blueline. All that said, Deck has played a smart, efficient and impressive game. He passes the puck well, is near perfect positionally, and holds his own in the corners and in front of the net. Only rarely does he make a mistake that contributes to a scoring chance against, which is why his plus-minus for scoring chances is now the best on the team for a Barons d-man at even strength, even better than Schultz’s scoring chances plus-minus.” – via Cult of Hockey

“Media wanted to ask Russia’s captain Nail Yakupov some questions. Yakupov declined to meet with the media.” – via Oil On Whyte

“Former OKC Barons’ forward Ryan O’Marra signed with the Italian Series A Hockey Club Fassa on December 14th. O’Marra had departed the Finnish SM-liiga club Pelicans in early October and returned to the U.S. for a few months. HC Fassa is situated high in the Italian Alps just east of Bolzano and south of Innsbruck.” – via Artful Puck

“When you can see two or three passes ahead, not just the simple pass, but a pass to set someone up three plays ahead is what makes them so good,” Nelson said. “They see what’s developing. That’s how they generate offense.” – via NewsOK

“At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, it remains to be seen whether or not he has a future at the NHL level – though the odds appear long – but one thing is now for sure: through your votes, Kane Lafranchise is hockey’s best active name.” – via Hockey News

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