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Announced today, the Oklahoma City Barons have signed left shooting forward, Mario Lamoureux, to an AHL PTO. This, along with Justin Maylan last week, was done to fill some gaps in the offensive side of the puck in OKC where goals will be scarce.
In the absence of Anton Lander, Ryan Martindale, and Tyler Pitlick, the Barons were thin on offense. So much so that they iced Philip Larsen on the wing prior to signing Maylan. This is typically GM Bill Scott’s sweet spot – his ability to find players that accelerate their careers when called to the AHL – and everything about Lamoureux points to the same mode of discovery.
Following four seasons of collegiate play in North Dakoto, Lamoureux signed with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL, a place that Bill Scott has dipped his toe in before. Both Dylan Yeo (the captain at that time), and C.J. Stretch were plucked from the Reign, placed with the Barons, only to have fantastic seasons.
Lamoureux, a former teammate of Stretch in Ontario and also of Chris VandeVelde at North Dakoto, is a goal scorer. His first full pro season saw him earn 25 goals, and 40 assists in 71 games. His +/- was at +30, and thus this guy is worth the shot.
Side note. His sisters, twins Monique and Jocelyne, played for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics where they won silver. Skill clearly runs in the family.
Great interview with Lamoureux & the “Miller Time” show. Great stuff:
Welcome to Oklahoma City, Mario! Follow him on twitter @MarioLamoureux9