Eric Hunter Recalled From Stockton, Kristians Pelss Injured

AHL Hockey: Oct 05 Barons vs Aeros Preseason
Photo courtesy of Steven Christy.

Eric Hunter, centerman for the Stockton Thunder, has been recalled to the Oklahoma City Barons this morning. In what is likely a fill-in role for the injured Kristians Pelss (seen leaving the Cox Center in a protective boot last night), Hunter will step into the lineup quickly. Perhaps this evening in Houston.

Pelss, who has been playing pretty well on a line with Toni Rajala, was apparently injured in the early portions of the game last night in Oklahoma City. I can’t place the time or instance in my mind now, but he was gone from the bench was not spotted on there for the remainder of the game.

The addition of Hunter, a “true” center, does shuffle the lineup around just a bit, but probably less than we think. I’d place Hunter at center, move Josh Green back to wing, and allow Rajala to stay on the opposite side. And that’s likely what will happen unless Coach Nelson sees Hunter fitting elsewhere in the lineup (but I don’t know where).

Eric Hunter had two previous games this season with the Oklahoma City Barons, and not much to show for it. What is interesting though is that the Barons continue to bury Cameron Abney in the ECHL. It’s always odd when a prospect is passed over by a non-prospect, but in Abeny’s case, that’s what is happening.

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons recalled forward Eric Hunter from the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

With Stockton this season, Hunter has 38 points (17-21-38) in 56 games played. The 6-1, 194-pounder has appeared in two games with the Barons this season, both against Houston. He also attend training camp with the Barons prior to the start of the season. During the 2011-12 campaign, he played in 75 games with the Lake Erie Monsters and scored 16 points (6-10-16).

Prior to turning pro, Hunter played four seasons at the University of Alberta. In 105 games with the Golden Bears, he scored 98 points (40-58-98). Prior to attending the University of Alberta, he played five seasons with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. He scored 233 points (111-122-233) in 323 games played with the Cougars. Hunter’s 111 goals and 233 points are Cougars’ franchise records in those categories.