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As the Oklahoma City Barons prepare to take on the Iowa Wild, they end up having to make some more last minute changes as Philip Larsen gets recalled to the Edmonton Oilers and receive back Brandon Davidson. They also have to make some more room as well, picking up Denis Grebeshkov, who is joining the Barons on a conditioning stint as he returns from a groin injury suffered during the preseason.
Larsen heads to the Oilers as one of two players currently leading the Barons in scoring. In two games, Larsen has two points, one of which was a finish of a tic-tac-toe play on a power play where he wisely chose to pinch towards the goal crease and be in perfect position to score. Davidson returns after spending the past week with the Oilers, not having gotten into any games, but he certainly got some great experience as he was able to practice with the big club and learn while he was there. Despite not yet making his NHL debut, it gave Davidson that taste of what it could be like, and I’m sure he’ll be extremely hungry for more as the season wears on.
Grebeshkov will join the Barons for a conditioning stint, much like Theo Peckham did last season, wearing the number 37. Returning from injury, Grebeshkov will play in his first American Hockey League game since the 2005-06 season where he scored 27 points in 48 regular season games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, adding two more points in seven playoff games. What does a conditioning stint entail? From the NHL’s CBA:
Unless a Player consents, he shall not be Loaned on a Conditioning Loan to a minor league club. Such Conditioning Loan shall not extend for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days.
Over the next 14 days, the Barons will play in six games, two against Texas, Abbotsford, and this coming weekend against Iowa. Their first game against the Wild will be tomorrow night in Des Moines, with a rematch on Sunday afternoon.