“If Edmonton had a healthy roster and we had a healthy roster this wouldn't be an issue,” Nelson said. “Changes are always an issue at this level but we've been thin up the middle. Getting (center) Anton (Lander) back will help.”
The Barons also had two players assigned to Oklahoma City on Friday, veteran enforcer Ben Eager and ultra-talented Linus Omark, the Barons' leading scorer who was up with Edmonton only two days.
“When Edmonton starts getting healthy you'll see other guys pushed down to us,” Nelson said. “Edmonton has already lost close to 100 man games. That's unheard of for early November.”
Once the roster settles — as settled as a Triple-A roster can get — Nelson likes this team's long-term potential. The Barons are relying on talented but young defensemen, a handful of veterans forwards and two young goaltenders.
“The new guys we've brought in have done a fantastic job. They're pushing to be part of this team the entire year,” Nelson said. “It's going to be very competitive. I like the way our guys played our last game. We just need to keep playing like that.”