Oklahoma City Barons forward Mark Arcobello is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury, according to reports Monday by the Edmonton Journal. Arcobello suffered the injury March 15 against Grand Rapids and has missed the last five games.
The Journal said Arcobello might return to Oklahoma City’s lineup if the team qualifies for the American Hockey League playoffs. It would be a huge addition to a short-handed Oklahoma City squad; Arcobello had 28 points in 15 games since he was sent to the Triple-A team by the Edmonton Oilers.
The newspaper also said Arcobello re-signed with the Oilers for next season.
The Barons (30-27-11) are just four standings points shy of the last playoff berth in the Western Conference. And with only eight games remaining, the task became tougher Monday when the Oilers called up forward Will Acton to replace injured Luke Gazdic.
Acton is the fifth player recently recalled by Edmonton, which has been eliminated from NHL playoff contention. The Oilers also have OKC’s leading scorer, Anton Lander (48 points), Acton (22 points), Tyler Pitlick (22 points), rookie defenseman Oscar Klefbom and rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit.
The Barons’ second-leading scorer, Roman Horak (40 points), has missed the last few games with an unspecified injury.
Oklahoma City’s next game is 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Cox Center.
•Mustafa Shakur of the Tulsa 66ers was named Performer of the Week by the NBA Developmental League.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard helped the 66ers win twice by averaging 30.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. Shakur had a triple double — 29 points, 11 boards and 10 assists —on Friday night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Shakur recently returned to the team after a brief call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder.