OKC Barons: Edmonton Oilers leave Barons roster intact

Oklahoma City’s big scorers, Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander, remain with the team. But they are only an Oilers injury away from getting a call to the NHL.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: March 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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photo - Barons captain Anton Lander prepares to shoot against Toronto on Thursday night at the Cox Center. Photo by Steven Christy, Oklahoma City Barons
Barons captain Anton Lander prepares to shoot against Toronto on Thursday night at the Cox Center. Photo by Steven Christy, Oklahoma City Barons

Edmonton officials’ decision on Wednesday doesn’t mean the Barons roster will remain stable the final six weeks.

At some point the Oilers probably will want to evaluate players such as forwards Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander, Roman Horak and Arcobello or defensemen Oscar Kelbom and Taylor Fedun.

“(If that happens) we have to piece it together just like we did last year,” said Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson. “The biggest thing is it’s up to us as a staff to get guys working together, find line combinations where players complement one another and maintain that winning feeling we have right now.

“(Call-ups) give players an opportunity to establish themselves at this level but also give guys opportunities to go up to the NHL and see if they’re ready for that league. From that standpoint, we just have to keep forging ahead.”

Fedun, 25, is only in his second pro season, but the former Princeton star is among a handful of veterans the Barons will rely on down the stretch. Fedun said the trade deadline is always in the back of Triple-A players’ minds.

“It’s almost a sense of relief,” Fedun said. “You know where you’re going to play so now you can really get buckled in.

“It’s sort of like comparing it to a college team. Once they start a season, they know what their roster will look like going forward. We don’t have to worry about trades or call-ups. The deadline gives you continuity, which can be really positive.”


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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