WRAP REPORT: BARONS FWDS 11-12

Lowetide
April 16 2012 07:35PM

Teemu Hartikainen posted another strong season in Oklahoma City and is now poised to take a run at NHL employment. Does Hartikainen score a lot of his AHL goals on the PP? Is he an EV monster? Do the young Barons have a penalty killer who drives the opponent crazy? Yes. Yes they do.

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Dan Girardi

Jonathan Willis
April 16 2012 03:54PM

Dan Girardi is a defenseman with the New York Rangers. During the 2011-12 regular season he played 2,152:20 at the NHL level, the second-most of any player in the league.

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Shawn Horcoff in a Lesser Role

Jonathan Willis
April 16 2012 01:38PM

During his season-ending press conference, Steve Tambellini singled Shawn Horcoff out for praise as a veteran who was willing to accept a lesser role for the sake of the team. What would happen next season if the Oilers decided they wanted to cut back Horcoff’s ice-time?

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WEEKEND WRAP

Jason Gregor
April 16 2012 11:42AM

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse being an Oiler fan, along came a weekend of high-scoring, high-intensity, fight-filled playoff hockey, and you could only sit hopelessly by and watch with real emotional interest.

After watching the last 72 hours I wonder how far away the Oilers truly are from being a playoff contender? We'll debate that and much more today.

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How I learned to stop worrying and fix the draft

John Lofranco
April 16 2012 10:09AM

Now that the draft lottery is done with, and the playoffs have begun, talk has shifted from how the draft is broken to how the Canucks and Penguins are broken. Fair enough. But the draft system is still the same. If you believe that teams should not be rewarded for poor performance - even if there was not really any tanking this year - then you think the system needs a shake up.

The solution is out there, but it's going to take a mad scientist to come up with the right combination of give and take to make this thing some to life. Come and watch!

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