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OKC Barons: Oilers and Barons have a lot of roster decisions to make

Don't be surprised if the 2013-14 Barons' offense is built around Toni Rajala. Points leader Mark Arcobello expected to re-sign with organization.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com email@opubco.com Published: June 7, 2013
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Defensemen Taylor Fedun, Martin Marincin (a sparkling plus-28 rating) and Brandon Davidson are coming off solid rookie seasons. Fedun, 25, is a restricted free agent the Oilers are expected to re-sign.

Forwards Ryan Martindale, 21, and Tyler Pitlick, 21, don't score much but have a combined for more than 200 games of pro experience. ... Goaltender Olivier Roy played well in his brief audition in OKC (9-9-1, 2.77 goals against average) and should be the Barons backup goalie next season. ... Kristians Pelss (eight points in 20 games) showed potential in limited time and should get a shot at a larger role next season. ...

Forward Travis Ewanyk, 20, sat on the bench after a late-season call-up but could play a key role next season. Ewanyk is an NHL contract player the Oilers could want to test at Triple-A. Defensemen David Musil, 20, and Martin Gernat, who both joined the Barons late and didn't suit up for the playoffs, should vie for defensive depth vacancies during training camp.

With a new organization?

Colton Teubert, a restricted free agent, didn't make the playoff roster, but the former first-round pick has good size. Teubert might return but also could be on the trading block. ... It's uncertain whether Edmonton will re-sign defenseman Alex Plante, 24, and Philippe Cornet, who was part of the No. 1 line. Cornet, a restricted free agent, might be forced to sign with another organization. ... Andrew Hotham provided blueline stability after Plante was injured, but Hotham probably isn't part of the Oilers' future plans. ... Forward restricted free agent Antti Tyrvainen and goalie Niko Hovinen will play in Finland, their home country. ... Tanner House, 27, might have to sign with a new organization ... Defensemen Dan Ringwald, 26, and Nathan Deck, 22, aren't expected to be re-signed by the Oilers.

In limbo

Team captain Josh Green, 35, could be at the top of the Barons' “veteran” free agent wish list. ... Center C.J. Stretch, 23, was signed, released and re-signed. Stretch's run in the playoffs (nine points, five goals) gives him a viable shot to land a deal with the Barons ... It's uncertain whether the Oilers/Barons will re-sign Yann Danis ... An unrestricted free agent, Chris VandeVelde, a 26-year-old forward, an anchor on the penalty kill, will be seriously evaluated at team meetings. ... Jonathan Cheechoo, 32, isn't the same player who led the NHL in goals seven years ago, but he was productive, finishing sixth on the team in scoring (44 points) despite playing in only 52 games, including the playoffs. Veteran defensemen Garrett Stafford, 33, and Randy Jones, 31, helped take the defense to a new level after they signed but are free agents.


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