Oilers send five players to Barons, including Teemu Hartikainen

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 2, 2011
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The Oklahoma City Barons' roster continued to take shape Sunday, when NHL affiliate Edmonton sent five players to its American Hockey League farm team.

Forwards Teemu Hartikainen and Ryan O'Marra will begin a second season in Oklahoma City, although both could be early call-up candidates since they played parts of last season with the Oilers. Other players sent to the Barons were Gilbert Brule, Josh Green and Ryan Keller.

Hartikainen had 42 points in 66 games last season for Oklahoma City, and O'Marra added 22 points in 53 games. Keller will be one of the Barons' scoring threats. He helped the Binghamton Senators win the AHL championship last season with 32 goals and 51 points in 71 games. Green and Brule signed with Edmonton during the offseason. Both have NHL experience.

The Barons signed power forward Triston Grant to a five-game tryout agreement. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder played for the Rochester Americans (N.Y.) last season. Grant had 13 points and 144 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Americans.

Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson released forward Dan Ringwald from the training camp roster. Ringwald had a goal and assist Friday as the Barons routed the Houston Aeros 4-0 in an exhibition game at the Cox Center.

The Barons open the regular season 5 p.m. Sunday against the Texas Stars in Austin. Oklahoma City's first home game is 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, against the Stars.