Todd Nelson Tidbits – Arco, Eager & “Best Prospects”

At tonight’s radio show Todd Nelson spilled a little bit on a couple of roster spots, ones that have immediate impact on the Oklahoma City Barons in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

To the tidbits!

Mark Arcobello
The biggest name not playing with the Barons these days is Arcobello. He’s not suited up for a game in OKC in over 37 days, and quite frankly hasn’t skates in as many. Today he returned to the ice in a limited capacity with no contact. I believed he wouldn’t play in the shortened first round, but Nelson insists we might see him play by the weekend.

Ben Eager
Eager, recently welcoming a new baby into the world, is unlikely to play Wednesday, but most certainly by the weekend. I’m hoping that things are okay with the baby and mom, because Eager has been gone quite some time. This also may be a Steve MacIntyre type of agreement where the Oilers / Barons realize the relationship (contractually) is nearing an end, and so the services are no longer needed. I fully expect to see him back.

Best Prospect
Nelson was asked which prospect showed the most promise, and he honed in on two with little hesitation. Jujhar Khaira, as Nelson puts it, “is the big centerman the Oilers need”. He elaborated, “we might not see him in the NHL next season, we’ll have to farm him, but he’s a really solid prospect.”

He then mentioned Nurse, “He has some work to do, but he will be important moving forward.” That’s a pretty glowing review from a coach who knows talent.