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.”