Photo by Steven Christy
Well, well, well, what do we have here? A re-assignment following a loss by the Oilers, and an awful weekend – as a whole – for the Barons. I approve greatly. The Edmonton Oilers have re-assigned puck moving defenseman, Jordan Oesterle, to the Oklahoma City Barons. Assuming they keep other blue liners in tact, this gives the Barons seven healthy defenders. That’s good news.
Lost in the weeds, the Barons were for much of the hotly contested games against Grand Rapids and Rockford. They emerged from the thicket on Sunday night, but the exposition of injury had already been unveiled. But that’s sports, and hockey in particular. You have to take the bad as teachable, and the good as momentum.
Oesterle hasn’t been a great Oiler in his recent call-up, but no one has been a shiny penny. Yet as Todd Nelson stated, “We have to see what he is capable of doing,” and they have seen the skillset in a brief six game stint where he earned an assist.
His most recent effort, against the always impressive Red Wings, was tepid at best. Yet I wouldn’t read too much in to his re-assignment as the Oilers have healthy players returning to the lineup.
The addition of Oesterle brings the current Barons blue line crop to 7 – Davidson, Hunt, Simpson, Musil, Gernat, Oesterle, Ludwig. That’s wonderful news assuming they indeed keep a spare in Ludwig.
The interesting footnote is that the above list of defenders, plus Martin Marincin (thanks Geno), is your defensive core when the AHL postseason begins.
Oklahoma City host the Milwaukee Admirals tonight at the Cox Center.