Nathan Deck Sheds PTO, Now On Two-Way AHL Deal

AHL Hockey: Jan 31 Barons vs Checkers
Photo by Steven Christy.

Nathan Deck, the Barons least likely of success stories in 2012-2013, has signed a brand new contract. Shedding his 25 game PTO, the team could have elected to place him on a second wave of 25 games, but seemingly wanted to make a further investment. His 2-way, AHL contract is a good addition to the OKC lineup. Having sat out for a stretch of games (while contract negotiations were on-going), his presence was missed.

Deck fills a very important need within the Barons organization and that’s solid puck moving while simultaneously playing smart, defensively grounded hockey. He’s not fast. He’s not big. He’s not heavy. He’s not punishing. He’s a smallish defender who plays simple, fundamentally sound hockey, who like Mark Arcobello, is a product of the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Look for Deck to get back into the lineup this weekend as Theo Peckham moves north, and the Barons attempt to wiggle into the playoff picture in the American Hockey League.

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons have signed defenseman Nathan Deck to a two-way American Hockey League contract, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Deck, 22, joined the Barons December 3 and had an immediate impact, recording an assist on his first shift of his first AHL game. With the Barons, he has scored six points (1-5-6) in 25 games. Before joining the Barons, the 5-11, 185-pounder from Sedley, Saskatchewan has amassed 43 points (12-31-43) in 79 games with the Stockton Thunder over two seasons.

Prior to turning pro, Deck played four full seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. In 272 games over those four seasons, he scored 118 points (22-96-118).