Oklahoma City Barons: Magnus Paajarvi's speed helps earn a spot on Barons' No. 1 forward line

Paajarvi will be left wing on a line with NHL stars Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 10, 2012
Advertisement
;

photo - AHL HOCKEY: OKC's Magnus Paajarvi (16) during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Rochester Americans at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
AHL HOCKEY: OKC's Magnus Paajarvi (16) during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Rochester Americans at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

No. 3 line: Teemu Hartikainen, Anton Lander, Mark Arcobello.

No. 4 line: Dane Byers, Chris VandeVelde, Curtis Hamilton.

No. 5 line: Cameron Abney, Tanner House, Kristians Pelss.

GREEN NAMED CAPTAIN

Josh Green, 34, has been named team captain.

“It's a big honor, for sure,” Green said. “Anytime you can put the C on and lead a team it's a special feeling. But I don't think anything is going to change for me. Whether I have a letter on or not, I'm still going to be me and try to lead by example, try to let these kids run with it and try to not get in their way.”

Green has played in 341 NHL games for eight different organizations. He's also played for seven different AHL teams. By ending last season on an AHL roster (OKC), he's allowed to play during the lockout.

“It was a no brainer,” Paajarvi said. “Josh was the obvious choice for everybody. He has pretty much everything as a leader and a hockey player.”

Last season with the Barons, Green scored 37 points, including 16 goals, in 51 games. He's more than a decade older than most Barons players.

“It's a unique situation with these guys coming down from the NHL and some guys trying to get to the NHL,” Green said. “It's a nice mix. It should breed some good competition from within. Hopefully, we can put a good effort on the ice, win some games and have some fun.”

HEADED TO OHIO

The Barons left for Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday. Oklahoma City will open the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Friday against the Lake Erie Monsters. The teams will play again at noon Saturday. The Barons' home opener is 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, against the San Antonio Rampage.

Tickets are on sale at the Cox Center box office, by calling (405) 232-4625 or going to www.okcbarons.com.

| |

by Michael Baldwin
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...
+ show more

Advertisement


Trending Now



AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Former OU coach Sunny Golloway goes off at Auburn
  2. 2
    Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant
  3. 3
    Tulsa World: Missouri’s Frank Haith positioned to become TU’s basketball coach
  4. 4
    Oklahoma football: Peyton Manning stops by Sooners film session
  5. 5
    VIDEO: A look at the Air Jordan XX9 in Thunder colors
+ show more