Defenseman Taylor Chorney made his season debut with the Barons on Friday night after being reclaimed off waivers Thursday.
Chorney split time between Edmonton and Oklahoma City last season and appeared in 46 Barons games. He was claimed off waivers by St. Louis on Oct. 10 and appeared in two games for the Blues.
“It's been a crazy month, for sure,” Chorney said. “But it's good to be here and kind of know where I'm going to be and be able to get things started and play well.”
Chorney started Friday night in the Barons' 1-0 win. It was only his third game of the season, and he admitted to being a little rusty.
“I felt better as the game went on, and it's definitely something I can build off of,” Chorney said. “The team's playing well so I don't need to go too crazy out there; just kind of work my way in and feel better every game.”
Barons coach Todd Nelson said Chorney did just that Friday.
“He's always been a great skater and he's a good puck mover,” Nelson said. “He keeps things simple and he's able to advance the puck. I think with any player that hasn't played a lot there's a bit of rust on him. I think he's only going to get better and better.”
Barons rookie forward Tyler Pitlick played what he called one of his better games Friday night. The speedster from Minnesota didn't score or tally an assist. Instead, the 20-year-old stood out with his physicality, wowing the crowd with four jaw-dropping hits.
“I think I was being a little bit more physical all night tonight than I usually have been,” Pitlick said. “But it's a normal part of my game and I definitely got to start doing that more. When I'm being more physical, that's when I'm at the top of my game. So I got to keep that up.”