As the Oklahoma City Barons begin their 25 game push towards earning a playoff spot in the AHL postseason, they are getting desperate. And that’s a good thing. Announced today, the Barons have added Ontario Reign center, C.J. Stretch to the team’s ever changing lineup.
Stretch, a Cali-kid, spent a full five seasons in the WHL where he notched a point per game or better two of his five seasons with the Kamloops Blazers. Since that time he’s played very well in the ECHL’s own Ontario Reign. Last season he went 20-30-50 in 45 games, and this season he’s near the top of the ECHL scoring race with 27-33-60 in 57 games. His 60 points this season has him hovering around a single season record for the Reign organization.
C.J. is a dynamic scorer at the ECHL level. Small in stature, but with a mustache worth a million bucks, he might become an Arcobello-like puzzle piece that fits nicely amongst the current crop of Barons circa February 2013.
I wrote yesterday, that I believed the Barons would struggle to find the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, and clearly OKC feels the same way. GM, Bill Scott, typically reacts to the current state of the team by using “outside sources” to fill cracks in the facade. And when he reacts, it’s with caution and superior foresight. He should pride himself in his desperation because sometimes it works, and I think this signing is a good example of that.
The Oklahoma City Barons have signed center C.J. Stretch to an American Hockey League PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Stretch, a 5-11, 195-pounder from Irvine, Calif. has played this season with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. With the Reign, he has scored 60 points (27-33-60) in 57 games played. His 33 assists are good for the team lead, while his 27 goals is second on the club. Last season, he split time between the Reign and the Houston Aeros. With Houston, he played in 23 games and registered six assists. With Ontario, he registered 50 points (20-30-50) in 45 games. In all, he has appeared in 218 professional games, scoring 150 points (57-93-150).
Prior to turning pro, Stretch played five full seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. In 341 games over four seasons, he scored 248 points (85