OKC Barons: Defenseman Taylor Fedun has made an offensive impact

Fedun has 28 points in 51 games for Oklahoma City, which hosts San Antonio at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: March 10, 2014

Fedun is the classic underdog story, an undrafted free agent who signed with the NHL team from his hometown, Edmonton. He nearly made the Oilers’ roster as a rookie three years ago after a stellar career at Princeton.

His dream was derailed when he suffered a horrific shattered leg in the Oilers’ final NHL preseason in the fall of 2011. Doctors inserted a steel rod in his leg.

The leg no longer is an issue. Even though he’s surpassed last year’s point total, he’s not viewed as a top-tier prospect because of his size (6-foot, 190 pounds).

However, Fedun made his NHL debut earlier this season. Despite scoring two goals for the Oilers, he was sent back to OKC after four games.

“Obviously he’s produced offensively,” Scott said. “He also played well in the games he played in Edmonton. Not many guys can say they scored two goals in their first two NHL games.”

After spending his entire pro career with the Oilers’ organization, Fedun will have to wait until after the season to see if he figures into Edmonton’s long-term plans.

“It would be nice to try and get to prove something more at the next level, because ultimately that’s where you want to be,” Fedun said. “It’s something always in the back of your mind, but those things are out of my power. Next season, I’ll be a restricted free agent again. The ball’s not really in my court.”

by Michael Baldwin
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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