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OKC Barons: Top 10 storylines from the 2012-13 Barons season

Oklahoma City had one of the AHL's top teams despite some outrageous happenings during the season
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: June 9, 2013
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photo - OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS / AHL HOCKEY: Jordan Eberle (14) during the Barons Open Training Camp at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS / AHL HOCKEY: Jordan Eberle (14) during the Barons Open Training Camp at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

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.

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