Barons left winger Teemu Hartikainen split time between Oklahoma City and Edmonton last season.
In Oklahoma City’s preseason opener Friday night, a 4-0 win over Houston, the Finland native contributed two assists on power play goals in the second period.
When the NHL lockout ends Hartikainen is one of the top candidates to join the Oilers.
“I know exactly what the coaches need me to do and I have to do it if I’m going to play in the NHL,” Hartikainen said. “I know my role is to be a playmaker… I know what I have to do.”