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Oklahoma City Barons: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle among 34 players who open Barons camp

The rich might get richer, too. Another Edmonton Oiler, Taylor Hall, could be sent to Oklahoma City
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 30, 2012
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photo - Jordan Eberle (14) during the Barons Open Training Camp at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
Jordan Eberle (14) during the Barons Open Training Camp at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Jordan Eberle, a first-round pick in 2009, the 22nd overall selection, has played the past two years with Edmonton but looks forward to playing in Oklahoma City.

“I'm excited,” Eberle said. “Obviously with the lockout in effect, this is the next best option. This is going to be the best league in North America. With all the young talent coming down from the NHL, it's going to be that much better.

“This is a great opportunity. You can do all the skating you want in the summer, but nothing beats live competition like we do battling in practice.”

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

Unlike previous seasons, the Barons don't have to wait for Edmonton to make cuts. With 16 players returning from Oklahoma City's division champion from last season, Nelson began installing his system the opening day of camp.

“In previous years, we'd just get guys up and down the ice and work on two-on-ones and stuff that didn't really pertain to system play,” Nelson said. “Since there's no NHL training camp and everybody is here, today we worked on defensive zone coverage and what we do offensively out of our D-zone.

“I like what I see from all the guys we have back from last year. When you add three more quality players from Edmonton, it puts us in a pretty good spot. We're going to be very competitive. I think we're going to be tough to beat.”

THIS WEEK ...

The Barons continue workouts from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Cox Center. The practice is open to the public. ... A brief exhibition schedule begins 7 p.m. Friday against the Houston Aeros at the Cox Center. Fans can attend free of charge with a donation of baby items that will go to charity.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL 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...
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