By Ryan Aber
The Oklahoma City Barons still don’t have a coach. The Edmonton Oilers still don’t have an assistant general manager to run the team.
But today, the Barons got a critical piece as they build toward their inaugural season: Players.
It’s inevitable that some of the names that have been talked about in the last couple months as future prospects for the Oilers will wind up playing here next year. But with the signings of forward Colin McDonal and defenseman Jake Taylor, the Barons have players that we know are going to play in Oklahoma City.
Here’s a quick look at each:
6-foot-3, 205 pounds
McDonald played the majority of last season with the Springfield Falcons, the Oilers’ AHL affiliate prior to their partnership with Oklahoma City. He had 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 76 games. He was a second-round draft choice in 2003. McDonald briefly was called up to Edmonton last year, scoring one goal in two games.
A Providence College product, McDonald has 68 points (34-34) in 226 games as a pro.
McDonald is considered a veteran by AHL standards. Each team may sign up to five veterans, plus one exempt player.
6-foot-4, 225 pounds
Taylor played 72 games last season for Springfield, contributing seven assists and serving 182 penalty minutes. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2002.
In six seasons of AHL play, Taylor has 40 points (5-35) in 301 games. He played collegiately at the University of Minnesota.