Taylor Fedun Recalled, Barons Get Slim On Defense

AHL Hockey: Dec 31 Barons vs Stars
Taylor Fedun has been recalled by the Edmonton Oilers. Photo courtesy of Steven Christy.

A few fans caught a glimpse of Taylor Fedun leaving the rink in Oklahoma City last night with a bag full of sticks in hand, and today their suspicions of an NHL camp call up have come to fruition. Announced today, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun.

The announcement comes hours after the Oilers trade a third round pick for Dallas Stars defenseman, Mark Fistric. Suddenly there are a lot of defenders in the Edmonton camp this week. Perhaps another move is on the way?

In the absence of Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun was doing the heavy lifting in terms of the Barons power play point man. In stretches he was doing well, but had a bunch of fumbles that nearly cost his team (and did at least once). And prior to the NHL lockout’s end, he indeed was playing inspired hockey at specific moments. So this is maybe a good time for the Oilers to see how he favors with the big boys of the big league.

In the meantime, the Barons defense gets even more slim. Nathan Deck likely gets the power play point spot more consistently, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just a lot to ask such a green defender. Nonetheless, he’s your guy for now. For those keeping track, the Barons just got worse, not better. In case you were wondering. Remember, “In Bill We Trust”.

Good luck Taylor! Go get ’em!

Official Announcement:

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun, Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today.

Fedun, a 6-0, 190-pounder from Edmonton has appeared in 35 games with the Barons this season, scoring nine points (2-7-9). Fedun participated in the Oilers training camp, but suffered a season-ending injury late in the Oilers preseason in 2012. Prior to signing with the Oilers, Fedun played four seasons at Princeton University, serving as team captain in his final season with the Tigers. In 127 games over four seasons with Princeton, he scored 68 points (20-48-68).

Edmonton first on-ice session is today, with the regular season opener Sunday, January 20 on the road against the Vancouver Canucks.