Announced last night, following one of the most impressive Oilers wins in recent memories, the team announced that they’d be sending Yann Danis back to Oklahoma City.
Dubnyk is fine. Khabibulin is fine. And Yann will continue his duties as the number three man in the organization, landing with the AHL Barons for as long as he needs to. And Yann seems to embrace this role very well, yet there’s a few things to consider when reassignments like this take place. Mainly in the life of prospect goaltender, Olivier Roy, who will probably move back to Stockton of the ECHL.
The Barons struggles, mainly on the defensive side of things, occasionally stem from the goaltending they receive from Danis, Hovinen, and Roy. All three are having less than desirable seasons, but somehow make things work just enough to earn the Barons points. As we saw in the Rockford games (and nearly in the San Antonio game most recently), we’ve yet to see a Barons goaltender play a full three periods of amazing hockey. Perhaps it’s a consistency issue, where the players have moved around enough throughout the later portions of the season that they aren’t finding the groove needed to really solidify the protection of their own net. But I tend to lean on the veteran goaltenders a bit more in crunch time, so to some extent, Danis is a sight for sore eyes.
Regardless, Yann is headed back to OKC. Watch for Roy to head to Srockton. And assume that Hovinen becomes the number two guy in that span.
The Barons face the San Antonio Rampage tonight for their second meeting with the team in four days. Should be a good/important one.