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While it seemed like the on-ice personnel for the Oklahoma City Barons on day one of training camp was thin, there was no doubt that a wave of players would be headed their way soon. In addition to five sent to the Barons yesterday, four more have been added with another subject to waivers.
Via the Edmonton Oilers twitter account, Travis Ewanyk, Mitch Moroz, Jordan Oesterle, and Dillon Simpson have been assigned to the Barons while Andrew Miller has been placed on waivers. With Miller expected to clear, OKC will finally have at least enough warm bodies to be prepared to play two weekend preseason games. More players to be added.
Oesterle and Simpson both out-lasted Gernat, and much was made of that. In some regards these two fellas looked better overall during camp, and in preseason minutes. However, they are also two whom haven’t really gotten much of the eyeball test from the Oilers decision makers. Thus they hung around a little while.
I like both players, Simpson perhaps a bit more than Oesterle, but both will be interesting to watch over the next week.
Ewanyk, the gritty fourth line center, returns for another season of farm play in which he will continue to battle newcomers like Jujhar Khaira. He’s a decent enough player, fits well into the Oilers mold in some regards, and seems willing to be the grinder we expect him to be.
Moroz is probably one of the players I’m most excited about seeing this season (don’t worry #JujharWatch, you’re still number one) mainly because of his ties to the Edmonton community and the “ups” he gets as a result. He could be a really good player, and if the slots in with decent linemates, I think he becomes one dandy of an AHL forward. Time will tell.
Miller likely clears, and the wings get stronger for the Barons. Quick camp days, then two travel days follow as we inch closer to the first games of the season. Hang on!