In today’s world of advanced stats in hockey, there’s not a lot to be had in the American Hockey League. Yesterday, I compiled the on-ice stats for all of the Oklahoma City Barons and found some interesting things while doing it. Due to needing a bit of a sample size, I only included players that have played five or more games so far.
Iiro Pakarinen and Jason Williams have been the Barons strongest forwards, with Ryan Hamilton and Andrew Miller right behind. The Barons top line has been R.Hamilton-Williams-Miller for most of the season. Pakarinen and Anton Lander have shuffled through a few different wingers on the other side.
Oscar Klefbom leads the Barons defense corps, with a +6 differential. The next defenseman down is Martin Gernat with a +3, then Jordan Oesterle posting an Even. Klefbom has picked up some prime minutes for the Barons, averaging an estimated 26+ minutes per game. David Musil had a rocky start to the season, but picked it up last weekend against Iowa. He’s averaging over 20 minutes.
Keith Aulie has struggled the most, posting a -9 so far this season, far and away the lowest on the team while averaging an estimated TOI of 17+ minutes.
Despite not scoring a point so far this season, Mitch Moroz has still played very well for the Barons with a +3, averaging just under 16 minutes per game.
I’ll keep an eye on this throughout the season and update as we progress.