Announced today, the Oklahoma City Barons have recalled defenseman Nathan Deck from the Stockton Thunder. Deck, who signed a full fledged two-way AHL contract, was sent to the ECHL in the end of February. This, at the time, was a curious move, mainly because OKC was willing to shed his PTO, sign him to an AHL contract, and promptly demote him after being an integral puck mover for the team for much of the season (including during the lockout).
There are three reasons for this recall – one a bit more “real” than the other two. Let’s start with the oddballs first.
Perhaps his recall points to a subsequent recall of a Baron to the Oilers. But that almost necessitates that someone on the NHL club has been injured (or more than one). Thus a guy like Colten Teubert (gasp), Alex Plante (gasp gasp), or Martin Marincin (gasp spit gag) are heading to Edmonton to fill a spot. I don’t see that being too likely, but it’s not entirely out of the scope of the imagination.
Perhaps the team (Edmonton that is) will be making a move soon, and it involves a minor league player. Could be. But who moves defensively that necesitates a Deck recall? The answer – virtually no one. So that moves us to the logical conclusion.
With Brett Clark gone, and Randy Jones dinged up a bit, the Barons need a puck mover asap. They went 0 for 6 on the power play last Tuesday against Rochester, and it was apparent that Clark’s absence was going to throw a monkey wrench into the QB spot on the PP. Andrew Hotham just isn’t getting it done. Nathan Deck is capable of doing that. THIS scenario makes the most sense, and thus we will probably see Deck in the lineup as soon as Friday/Saturday rolls around. And that’s the right move to make.
The Oklahoma City Barons recalled defenseman Nathan Deck from the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Deck, 22, joined the Barons in early December and had an immediate impact, recording an assist on his first shift of his first AHL game. He signed a standard American Hockey League contract on February 19. With the Barons, he has scored six points (1-5-6) in 25 games.
With Stockton this season, the 5-11, 185-pounder from Sedley, Saskatchewan has recorded 22 points (7-15-22). Over two seasons with the Thunder he has scored 48 points (14-34-48) in 88 games.
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).