After claiming Matt Fraser (former Texas Stars and most recent Bruin) this morning, the Edmonton Oilers have placed Steve Pinizzotto on waivers with intentions of placing him in Oklahoma City.
In a second transaction, Brad Hunt has been re-assigned to the Barons.
Matt Fraser, a guy Oklahoma City Barons fans will recognize, was a wrinkle to the Dallas Stars trade for Tyler Seguin. He is a naturally gifted scorer who had in recent memory really struggled with his defensive skills. He has tinkered with that just a bit, and has become a decent bottom winger. Much better than what the Edmonton Oilers currently posses. This is probably a low risk pickup, and thus Pinizzotto likely is sent southward.
Nikitin is apparently back in the lineup in Edmonton, and Brad Hunt has been placed back in OKC. With eight healthy defenders on the Barons roster, look for C.J. Ludwig to be re-assigned to the Bakersfield Condors.
Other injury news. Ryan Hamilton is still a bit banged up after taking a stick to the face. Likewise, Kellan Lain and Kale Kessy remain long term injuries. Jason Williams, who was under the weather on Sunday, will be back in the lineup soon. No word on Richard Bachman’s groin situation, but let’s assume another week.