Look for lots of turnover on Barons' roster

by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013
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Ryan Martindale and C.J. Stretch, return from last year's team that reached the Western Conference finals. Derek Nesbitt and Cameron Abney have a good shot to stick. Kale Kessy, 20, is an intriguing prospect who could start the season in OKC or Bakersfield. Austin Fyten, 22, also is fighting for a roster spot. Travis Ewanyk, 20, is also in the mix.

Defensemen: A couple of OKC's top defensemen are still on Edmonton's roster. Taylor Fedun, who proved last year with the Barons he's overcome a horrific broken leg he suffered two years ago, is on the bubble. Other defensemen the Oilers might cut include Corey Potter and Antov Belov, a highly regarded prospect from Russia.

On Sunday, the Oilers reassigned three defensemen, including AHL veteran Brad Hunt and Oscar Klefbom, a first-round pick out of Sweden in 2011. Another Edmonton cut on Sunday was Martin Marincin, who posted one of the AHL's top plus/minus ratings (+20) last season with the Barons.

Already with the Barons, Brandon Davidson returns. Martin Gernat, 20, is one of the Oilers' top prospects. Joey Leach, 21, might stick or start with Double-A Bakersfield.

Goalies: The Barons' No. 1 goalie will be Richard Bachman, a 26-year-old NHL veteran who started 32 games with the Dallas Stars the past two years. Bachman signed a contract worth $225,000 if he plays in OKC, $650,000 if he's promoted to the NHL.

Bachman was cut by Edmonton but must clear waivers to officially join the Barons. Tyler Bunz might have more upside, but Olivier Roy most likely returns as the Barons' backup.


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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