Oklahoma City Barons: Barons have a score to settle with Aeros

The Barons, perhaps the most-talented team in the AHL, were outplayed, out-hustled and outshot during their last game against Houston.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 1, 2012
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photo - Chris VandeVelde of the Oklahoma City Barons chases Bryan Lerg of the Lake Erie Monsters during AHL hockey game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Chris VandeVelde of the Oklahoma City Barons chases Bryan Lerg of the Lake Erie Monsters during AHL hockey game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“But they have a really good team. They have (Mikael) Granlund on the PP (power play). He's a really good player.”

Granlund is among the American Hockey League scoring leaders with 10 points. OKC counters with what some are saying is the most talented team in the AHL.

Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz (12 points) leads the AHL in scoring. He was named AHL Player of the Month after collecting 12 points in October. Oklahoma City also has six first-round NHL draft picks, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Alex Plante, Colten Teubert, Eberle and Paajarvi.

Nugent-Hopkins and Hall were taken No. 1 overall. Last year, Hall played on the Edmonton Oilers No. 1 line alongside Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. Hall makes his Barons debut Friday night.

“He has that energy and passion in his game that many players don't,” Eberle said. “He has a huge shot, and his speed is a huge characteristic. There's a reason he went first overall.”

The Barons will play three games in three days, traveling to San Antonio on Sunday afternoon after the two home games with Houston.

“The last time (against Houston) it came down to shortcuts,” Nelson said. “I thought we made it easy for them. Our team has to be hard to play against. Last time we played them we were very soft in a lot of areas. You don't win games like that.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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