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As it usually tends to happen, everything happens at once, and that is certainly the case today as the Edmonton Oilers set their rosters and in turn gave the Oklahoma City Barons a chance to make some moves as well. The Oilers put four players on waivers and assigned three, while the Barons released five and assigned two to the Bakersfield Condors.
Starting from the top, the Oilers put forwards Tyler Pitlick, Steve Pinizzotto, and Anton Lander, as well as defenseman Keith Aulie on waivers. Pitlick and Pinizzotto both had good camps for the Oilers, but were eeked out in the end. There’s a very good chance they’ll see some time with the Oilers sooner rather than later this season. For Lander and Aulie, camp wasn’t so kind, but they’ll get a chance to right their ships with the Barons. Of course though, this assumes that they clear waivers, which is about a 99% success rate this early in the season.
Assigned to the Barons on ELCs are Jujhar Khaira, Martin Marincin, and Bogdan Yakimov. The biggest surprise here is Marincin who had a very good camp, but the Oilers saw something in the others that stayed (we’ll mention them later). Khaira and Yakimov enter their first seasons with the Oilers organization and have some high expectations within the Barons line-up.
The Barons have released five players from their training camp try-outs, releasing the Mele brothers, Adam Pleskach, Kevin Noble, and Gregor Hanson. That leaves Brendon Nash, Gabriel Verpaelst, and Chase Schaber on PTOs. In addition, both Ty Rimmer and Frans Tuohimaa have been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors, giving them their tandem for the season. Still waiting to see where Tyler Bunz ends up this season.
Staying with the Oilers for opening night, Oscar Klefbom and Brad Hunt winning in the defense battle. I imagine there’s a good chance Klefbom and Marincin switch places a few times this season, but good for both Klefbom and Hunt for sticking with Edmonton. Will Acton and Mark Arcobello stay with the Oilers as well, despite both having some rough patches, but having a lack of depth at center will help in those instances.
Some changes may still be yet to come however, as the Oilers hold on to Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse to start the season. Should they decide to send both or either back to juniors, that’ll open up a spot for a Baron to slide into.