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.
6. Eberle scores four goals: Eberle (51 points in 34 games) remained the AHL point leader for several weeks after he returned to Edmonton. Eberle clearly was the AHL's best player for three months through the holidays. The highlight was a Dec. 15 home game against San Antonio. Eberle scored four goals in a 5-3 win.
7. Playoff game is “rained out”: Heavy rain showers flooded the east side of the Cox Convention Center. Because of a major leak in the ceiling, water poured out of the radio booth down the aisles. The Barons locker room flooded. As a result, Game 4 of the Western Conference finals was postponed. The night began with players and fans huddled for 45 minutes in the underneath parking garage during a tornado warning.
8. Danis stands on his head: The primary reason the Barons finished strong was 31-year-old goaltender Yann Danis got red hot. In his final 32 starts Danis was 20-9-3 with a 2.11 goals against average and .926 saves percentage the final three months, including the playoffs.
9. Lander scores six points in one game: Lander spent much of the post-NHL lockout in Edmonton but spent some time in OKC on a rehab assignment (foot injury). On March 30, Lander set a franchise record with six points (three goals, three assists) in a 7-3 road win at Rockford.
10. Acrobello has breakout season: Forward Mark Arcobello has been one of the Barons' top scorers during two playoff runs to the Western Conference finals. What stood out is Arcobello, an AHL All-Star, continued to produce after Eberle and company returned to Edmonton. Including the playoffs, Arcobello scored 88 points in 91 games.