Last season, Josh Green, a 34-year-old veteran who was unlikely to be recalled to the NHL, was an ideal captain for the Oklahoma City Barons. This year, two of the top candidates, center Mark Arcobello and forward Ryan Hamilton, are with the Edmonton Oilers.
This season is unique because almost anyone named captain might be recalled by Edmonton.
“That's part of it,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “We have some guys we thought might be here that are playing well up there. I don't want to jump the gun. If you name a captain and he's up in Edmonton, you're stuck with A's (assistant captains) all year.”
The upcoming week could provide some insight.
“We're to a point the guys are getting to know each other better. And guys are starting to open up more with the staff,” Nelson said. “This next week we'll probably do some team-building stuff to see what makes guys tick.”
OILERS MIGHT NEED HELP
Edmonton star Taylor Hall, who played in OKC last year during the NHL lockout, suffered a knee injury in the Oilers' 3-1 win over Washington on Saturday. The severity is uncertain, but Hall, tied with Arcobello for the team scoring lead (eight points), left the locker room wearing a knee brace.
If the Oilers summon someone from Oklahoma City, Linus Omark and Hall both play left wing, but Edmonton could shuffle its lines and call up any of a number of players, including Anton Lander. Omark scored four points in Friday's win and leads OKC with six points. Lander has five.
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