OKC Barons: Taylor Fedun overcomes horrific injury, waiting for NHL call up

The defenseman proved last season with the Barons he's nearly all the way back. Last month, Fedun was one of the Oilers' final cuts.
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 7, 2013
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Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun's professional career was in jeopardy before it even started.

An undrafted rookie free agent out of Princeton, Fedun pushed for a roster spot two years ago with the Edmonton Oilers.

But in the Oilers' final preseason game two years ago, Fedun suffered one of the most horrific injuries in NHL history. His right leg shattered when he crashed into the end boards chasing a puck in an attempt to get an icing call. There were no guarantees he'd ever play again.

Fedun, though, proved last season with the Barons he's nearly all the way back. Last month, Fedun was one of the Oilers' final cuts. He's back in OKC but has a viable shot to make his NHL debut at some point this season.

“He had a slow start last year, but I think that's more than fair considering he was learning how to walk all over again the year before,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “Boy, did he ever come on strong the second half of the year. He was a huge part of our success in the playoffs.”

It was a remarkable comeback for a player who had a titanium rod and four screws placed in his femur, the largest bone in the body.

“Now that he's had a full offseason it's paying dividends for him,” Scott said. “He had a great training camp. It was a tough call for Edmonton to send him down here.”

Fedun, 6-foot, 190, is average size. He's not an enforcer. But he handles the puck well, has a rocket wrist shot and that Princeton education shows on the ice.

“After New Year's he got to that tempo you could see his game elevated,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He's a smart player. He has good hockey sense. He's able to spring guys loose with pinpoint passes. That's where he excels. He knows when to join the offensive rush to create offense.”

Fedun last season finished third among Barons defensemen in scoring (27 points).

Was he satisfied considering he couldn't lace up skates for six months, much less play hockey?

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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