Photo by Steven Christy
The flow. The right wing-ded-ness. The chugga chugga, I think I can I think I can. Matt Ford brings a pretty good set of intangibles to the Oklahoma City Barons in recent memories, and apparently he will be bringing even more in the coming season. Announced today by the OKC Barons, Matt Ford has signed a one-year AHL contract. That’s both good and interesting.
It’s good for Matt, who’ll turn 30 by the time the season starts, and he knows it. Four years of U of Wisconsin hockey produced very little offense, but minor league pro teams instantly came a knockin’. Although having played pro hockey since 08-09, Ford has only amassed two full seasons of hockey in that time. His best season to date was in Oklahoma City last year where he totaled 25 goals and 22 assists in just over 70 games. He played an integral part down the stretch, and was at times the Barons only offensive blessing.
If healthy, he’s a good player. Unlike the hired guns that Tambellini placed on the farm, the approach by MacTavish is slow, steady, and prospect friendly. This is one of those moves despite the fact that Ford isn’t considered a legit prospect to land in the Edmonton Oilers Easter basket.
Interesting get for the Barons who have very few right wingers in the quiver. Not that it matters all that much, but stacking the right side with prospects might be something worth watching in the coming weeks. Oh what do I know, I’ve got two right feet. (still dance like a boss)
For now he will play in the land of waving wheat, where he reportedly really enjoys the fans (who sure smell sweet), community, and perks of hockey in a state where football is God and Thunder basketball is seated at the right hand.