Oklahoma City Barons: New-look Barons take on Charlotte on Friday and Saturday

Oklahoma City has lost a combined 55 goals with the departure of Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
by Michael Baldwin Published: January 10, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) skates away from San Antonio's Nolan Yonkman (43) in the second period during the AHL hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) skates away from San Antonio's Nolan Yonkman (43) in the second period during the AHL hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“Normally, midway through a season, you don't have seven or eight guys called up to your affiliate all at once,” Scott said. “The good thing is we had a lot of depth at Stockton. A lot of those guys would have been here but got caught up in a numbers game when the Oiler guys came down.”

The Barons' top scorer now is Mark Arcobello, who has 31 points, including nine goals. Arcobello excelled with Eberle and Hall after Nugent-Hopkins left before the holidays to play with Team Canada at the world junior tournament.

“It helps when you play with NHL guys,” Arcobello said. “But last year, I put up points, too. There's no reason I can't continue to put up points without them. Every other team is losing guys, too. It's sort of like a fresh start. We're ready to go.”

Oklahoma City is in seventh in the Western Conference, just five points from the top but also just five points ahead of 12th place Chicago. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

The Barons last year reached the Western Conference finals without a prolific scorer.

“We knew this was probably was going to come at some point,” Green said. “Those guys are back (in the NHL) where they should be. We essentially have the same team as we had last year, and we were pretty successful. We're not afraid of the challenge playing without those guys.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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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...
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