Before Sunday's 6-3 loss at Chicago, Eberle, Hall and Schultz accounted for 20 of the Barons' previous 24 goals.
Despite having the AHL's most dynamic No. 1 line, players featured on the cover of The Hockey News, the Barons didn't dominate as some speculated.
Oklahoma City, though, is among 10 teams within a few standings points of each other in the Western Conference.
“Would we have liked to have had a few more wins? Absolutely,” Scott said. “But as good as Justin was, we had a lot of young defensemen on the back end. We knew that would be a spot we'd probably have some ups and downs early in the year.”
Veteran goaltender Yann Danis was asked how losing four stars and a few other teammates might impact the Barons.
“I think everyone was prepared for it,” Danis said. “I don't think anyone expected it to be a forever thing. Everyone knew it would end eventually. It's a big loss losing those guys. But we have some depth. We managed to do well last year. One reason for our success was it didn't matter who was in the lineup.”
The Barons reached the Western Conference finals last year despite not having one player in the top 50 in scoring. In fact, veteran Ryan Keller was the only Baron in the top 80 in scoring.
“We're kind of back to square one, but every team is in the same boat,” Scott said. “It was a fun ride with the talent level we had here the past three months. But we still have some talented players. We're excited with what's to come and make a good run in the playoffs.”
With the NHL lockout reportedly coming to an end, the Barons roster will undergo some shuffling.
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RW *Jordan Eberle
C *Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
LW *Taylor Hall
D *Justin Schultz
LW *Teemu Hartikainen
D Colten Teubert
LW Magnus Paajarvi
C Chris VandeVelde
C Mark Arcobello
C Anton Lander
RW Tony Rajala
C Ryan Martindale
LW Philippe Cornet
unsigned free agents
*projected to make Edmonton's final roster.