“It's worked out pretty well,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “I think guys are grasping the concept. If we can eliminate risk and have guys not get injured, I'm all for it.”
The AHL is testing hybrid icing until Nov. 19, when a decision will be made whether to continue the experiment. Some say the rule might need tweaking. But most agree it's a common sense change similar to requiring players to wear helmets.
“So far it's been good,” said Barons winger Jordan Eberle. “It puts a lot of responsibility on the refs. You want to protect the guys. It's just one of those tough rules that every sport has. They're doing a good job of trying it down here first. If it has success maybe we can move it to the NHL.”
Fedun hoped to make the Oilers' roster out of training camp. Instead, Fedun spent his first year out of college rehabilitating a gruesome injury while living with his parents in Edmonton. It was five months before he skated. His first trip on the ice was at a public rink. The comeback was tedious, but he built back his leg strength.
“It was pretty bad,” Nelson said. “He's made so many positive strides. For him to just be skating is pretty remarkable. But he feels good. He's not shying away from the corners. He's playing just as aggressive. His foot speed just needs to get a little bit quicker. It will.”
If the NHL adopts hybrid icing, maybe it could call it the “Fedun Rule.”
“I wouldn't mind that,” Fedun said. “It's definitely something I hope they take a serious look at. If you let it play out, would there be a good scoring chance? I'd say 99 times out of 100 probably not. We need to error on the side of health and safety of the players.”