Photo by Steven Christy
UPDATE: It appears that Alex Krushelnyski will also be headed to Oklahoma City on a try-out basis. Details on him via Eric Rodgers “Also assigned to #, F Alexander Krushelnyski. Graduated from Colorado College where he had 101 points in 158 career games.” Follow Eric here.
Tuesday of NHL camp week, with at least two preseason games under their belts, the Edmonton Oilers have released a slew of players from their roster. Included in the list are nine players specifically sent to the Oklahoma City Barons.
So let’s start there, the players assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons are:
The two goaltenders, in Bunz and Tuohimaa are probably the most interesting of the bunch mainly because those are probably the first two assigned to the Bakersfield Condors when the time comes to trim the AHL roster. Craig, Ludwig are the lone defensemen here, and surprisingly Jordan Oesterle stays put with Edmonton. Jordan has apparently impressed the Oilers just enough to keep him around a bit longer.
AHL “goodie” Matt Ford, 118 point fella Mitch Holmberg, Josh Winquist, and the Jones twins round out the forwards. Matt Ford will likely stay in Oklahoma City, but Holmberg, Winquiest, and at least one of the Jones boys will be headed to California.
Vet center, Jason Williams remains, and there might just be some darkhorse to his game that the Oilers like (think Josh Green).
The following players were assigned elsewhere:
Ben Betker (Everett – WHL)
Keven Bouchard (Val d’Or – QMJHL)
Connor Boland (Peterborough – OHL)
Greg Chase (Calgary – WHL)
Jackson Houck (Vancouver – WHL)
Kyle Platzer (Owen Sound – OHL)
Jordan Rowley (University of Alberta – CWUAA)
Marco Roy (Quebec Remparts- QMJHL)
Greg Chase is probably the most high-profile of the bunch, and indeed his trustworthiness at camp was proven. Another year in juniors, and he just might be one heckuva prospect to watch in 15-16.
More cuts to come. Barons training camp opens on the 29th, is open to the public, and will feature many familiar faces. See you then!