Edmonton Oilers chief operating officer Patrick Laforge and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe attended the Barons' game Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center.
“That's why we have an AHL franchise so guys can develop and get some good coaching to get to the NHL. Not all of them but we have our eye on a few of them,” Laforge said. “We have some holes to fill. Kevin wanted to see a couple of them and see how much they've improved.”
ANOTHER CHALLENGING 3-IN-3 DAYS
For the second consecutive weekend the Barons will play three games in three days. This time, OKC played the first two games at home against Rockford and bused eight hours to San Antonio for a 4:30 p.m. Sunday matinee.
It's not as hectic as last weekend when the Barons played Saturday night in the Austin area, then boarded a flight to Charlotte, N.C., for a Sunday matinee and Monday night game. But this trip also has challenges considering the daylight saving time change and middle-of-the-night arrival.
“We have to eat well, rehydrate and get as much rest as we can on the bus,” said Barons forward Philippe Cornet. “It's not easy, but every team in the league goes through it. We're not the only ones. There are no excuses. After these two losses we need a win.”
MARINCIN FLYING UNDER RADAR?
Defenseman Martin Marincin, who recorded two assists Saturday, has a plus-14 rating for the season. The rookie from Slovakia has 21 points, including 16 assists.
“The plus/minus with him I think is a true stat for what he's done,” said Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson. “Sometimes you get a minus that's not your fault. But Marty has been playing pretty steady. He's making smarter decisions. Like any young defenseman, you'll have ups and downs, but he's played well.”
OIL SPILLS ...
Al Moon won a Ford F150 at Saturday's game. The Barons are giving away a brand new vehicle at every Saturday home game this season. Moon was the 10th winner. Three more vehicles will be given away, two on April 6 and another on April 19. ... Goaltender Yann Danis, recently promoted to Edmonton, played the final two periods Friday night in the Oilers' 6-0 loss at Nashville. Danis recorded 17 saves but allowed four goals.