I guess you might be surprised by one or two of these guys being placed on the waiver wires, but you most certainly are surprised by them clearing, and joining the Oklahoma City Barons. Or is that just me? With a new “swarm” in place on the defensive side of the puck, where the centerman seems to be the key ingredient, the defenders are being asked to be really sharp. And although Grebeshkov and Potter aren’t the shiniest pennies in the bank, they haven’t been awful. Nonetheless, they are headed to Oklahoma City where the struggle for spots is getting even more severe.
Here are the current Barons defenders:
This is sorta how I’d rank their placement on the depth chart as well. This means that Gernat and Musil are probably on the chopping block, and headed to Bakersfield of the ECHL. If not both, you can bank on one, and Musil has been the most underwhelming with the distance between he, Gernat, Hunt, and Davidson not being all that great.
Keep in mind that the AHL has no roster limits, and that is important to keep in mind. They can retain as many players as they want. However, this really forces some prospects into missing a ton of games. That’s not good regardless of where they fall on the depth chart.
So we go one. The Barons play two games against the Chicago Wolves this weekend, and in the coming days we will get a good idea of how the defensive core shapes up. And don’t expect it to stay that way long. Subject to change weekly.
NOTE: Anton Lander is skating with the Oilers today.