In a rare Edmonton Oilers win earlier this week, three former Oklahoma City Barons accounted for all four goals. It's an example of a revolving-door roster Barons coach Todd Nelson and his staff have dealt with the first month of the American Hockey League season.
The trickle-down effect from the Oilers' rash of injuries has been numerous call-ups.
With a slew of new players on the roster, Nelson used the AHL's version of a bye week to work on systems play heading into a stretch of four games in eight days, starting with a road game Saturday night at San Antonio.
“It was a good week to get some work in but also a good week to get some rest,” Nelson said. “I gave the guys off Sunday and Monday, a chance to be with their families. I think that's important.”
Next week, the Barons play three home games — the traditional kids field trip matinee Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and a Friday/Saturday doubleheader with Abbotsford.
“When somebody new comes in you treat them like part of the family,” said forward Brad Hunt. “The long week helped the new guys. We're just trying to get everyone on the same page.”
Tied for ninth in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City (5-6-1) has been inconsistent offensively. In their five wins, the Barons have averaged nearly four goals. In the seven losses, they've averaged only 1.1.