The top 10 storylines from the Barons 2012-13 season:
1. Four young Oilers stars play three months in OKC: Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz compiled insane stats in less than half a season. NHL All-Star caliber players put on a show — especially on the power play — during the NHL lockout.
2. Barons regroup, reach Western Conference finals: The Barons dropped to 11th in the Western Conference two weeks after Eberle and Co. returned to Edmonton. OKC general manager Bill Scott methodically added four veterans to a young team. Coach Todd Nelson and his staff transformed a deep, talented roster into a viable Calder Cup contender. The Barons played as well as any team in the West the final three months.
3. Dramatic Game 6 win in Western Conference finals: Down 3-2 in the series, coming off back-to-back shutout losses, the Barons trailed Grand Rapids 3-1 heading into the third period. Mark Arcobello scored midway through the final period. Yann Danis stopped a penalty shot with eight minutes left. Toni Rajala tied it with 2:27 remaining. Anton Lander scored the game-winner with 1:05 left to force Game 7.
4. Davidson wins Hunt award: Diagnosed with cancer on Nov. 1, rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson sat out three months following surgery and chemotherapy for testicular cancer. After a short rehab in Double-A, Davidson played a key role on an improved defense, earning the AHL award voted on by coaches, players and media for determination and dedication to hockey.
5. Schultz wins Defenseman of the Year: Last summer, all 30 NHL teams pursued Justin Schultz, a rookie out of Wisconsin University. Schultz put up such ridiculous stats for a defenseman (48 points in 34 games) he won a major AHL award despite playing less than half the season in Oklahoma City. Schultz became the first rookie in the AHL's 55-year history to win the award.