Musil, Gernat, Ewanyk Arrive In Oklahoma City, ATO In Hand

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Photo courtesy of Edmonton Oilers Kings & Edmonton Oilers.

The Edmonton Oil Kings have wrapped up their season after a 5-1 loss on Sunday in the WHL Finals, and thus the draft picks contained within its roster disperse to other parts of the globe. For defensemen Martin Gernat and David Musil, as well as forward Travis Ewanyk, they’ll get an athletic tryout contract with the Oklahoma City Barons to get their first looksee of professional hockey (in the postseason nonetheless).

They arrive in Oklahoma City this evening/

There will come a day when these draft picks get to sit in the skybox in Edmonton or another Western Conference opponent’s barn when the Oilers make the playoffs, but that time will have to wait. In the meantime, these three will get to practice, mingle, and watch pro hockey from the cheap seats (wait, they are all cheap) in the Cox Center. Don’t expect them to do much more than that.

Evan Daum at the Edmonton Journal caught up with the three Oilers prospects.

Gernat on the post-Oil Kings placement:

“I’m excited. It’s a new experience for me, and I’ll enjoy the time there,” said Gernat, who was a fifth-round pick of the Oilers in 2011. “There are a lot of guys there, so I don’t know if I will be able to play, but it’ll be an experience to be there. New city and all new people there will be nice.”

And Musil:

“I’m not sure what the plan is going to be down there, but I’ll just watch a couple games and learn and prepare for next year,” explained Musil, who was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft and was traded to the Oil Kings from the Vancouver Giants back in the fall.

“It’s playoffs, and for sure, I’m a little bit tired, but if I get a chance to get into the lineup, I’m sure I could find the energy to go out there and play my best.”

Ewanyk on his progress this season:

“I was really happy with my season,” said Ewanyk, who had 23 points in 58 regular season games. “I came back and I was ready to go. There are setbacks and stuff coming back, (but) it was just great to start a year 100 per cent and play out a full year and into playoffs.”

The Barons play Wednesday and then again on Thursday on home ice in Oklahoma City. They’ll have a chance to wrap up the series if they win the next two. Then it’s on to the next round and a chance to call themselves the best in the West. For the three prospects, with pretty big eyeballs watching them, this is an opportunity to learn. This is something that paid of dearly in previous seasons with guys like Martin Marincin. The opportunity to experience a pro environment (mainly behind the scenes things) is huge.

Announcement via the Oil Kings:

The Oil Kings are proud to congratulate Martin Gernat, Travis Ewanyk and David Musil on their signings by the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. All three Oilers prospects have been signed to amateur tryout contracts and are available to report now that the Oil Kings season is over. Oklahoma City is currently tied 1-1 in their AHL Western Conference Semi-Final series with the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.