With the NHL on a two-week break due to the Olympics, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was in Oklahoma City for a two-game weekend series with Lake Erie, which gained a split Saturday night with a 5-4 shootout win over the Barons.
All but assured of missing the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, the Edmonton Oilers reportedly will trade a few veterans before the NHL March 5 trade deadline which could impact Oklahoma City's roster.
“There are a lot of guys here deserving of an opportunity to play in the NHL,” MacTavish said. “We want to make sure to get a look at some of these guys that could be a big part of our future. They're sending a message to the organization they're ready for that opportunity.”
Possible call-ups include: forwards Mark Arcobello, Anton Lander and Roman Horak, plus defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Taylor Fedun.
HUNT NOTCHES CAREER HIGH
Veteran defenseman Brad Hunt scored a career-high four points, factoring in every Barons' goal. Hunt scored his sixth goal of the season to tie the game 2-2 in the second period and recorded his 21st, 22nd and 23rd assists.
“It's kind of cool anytime you get a career high but it would have been nice to have gotten a win,” Hunt said. “When things start going your way you gain more and more confidence. You almost feel invincible and start doing some things you normally may not do.”