After a split squad preseason game against the Calgary Flames, and a handful of re-assignments to the WHL, the latest transaction announced by the Edmonton Oilers involved the Oklahoma City Barons. Ten players, including two goaltenders, three defenders, and five forwards will make up the first wave of attendees at Barons camp, which begins the 22nd of September.
The official release:
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned Tyler Bunz, Travis Ewanyk, Matthew Ford, Austin Fyten, Martin Gernat, Joey Leach, David Musil, Derek Nesbitt, Olivier Roy and C.J. Stretch to Oklahoma City, Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today. All 10 players appeared in the Oilers preseason games on Saturday against Calgary and also played in the Young Stars Classic earlier this month.
No surprises here as nearly half the list is made up of AHL contracted players for the 2013-14 season. What is surprising is that Roy and Bunz get reassigned together. Neither had a particularly strong preseason to this point, and the fact that both land southward this early points to one heading to Bakersfield of the ECHL. Yet this is a really strong group. Fyten, Nesbitt, Stretch are likely going to be full time Barons, and the additions of Musil, Gernat, and Ewanyk allow these particular prospects to adjust to every facet of the pro game.
Not listed is Jujhar Khaira or Andrew Miller. Both recently have left the NCAA ranks, but both are getting a longer than expected looksee by Eakins and MacTavish. Khaira perhaps had the most positive “feelings” in the Young Stars games, while Andrew Miller looked lost at sea. Regardless, well done by both of those players.
With Barons camp opening the 22nd, and the ice in the Cox Center going in today, the next couple of weeks will feel like a downhill sprint for fans and the team alike. About ten days from now the NHL preseason game in OKC between the Oilers and Stars will commence while the Barons play a two-game preseason tilt in Texas on the same weekend. Things are happening!