This week the Oklahoma City Barons drew their last breath as a franchise and now pass into hockey’s history with only our memories of five fascinating seasons and dozens of young hockey players trying to make their way to the NHL. Brand Hunt and Richard Bachman (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) did their best but could not get past Utica in the team’s final opportunity to win an AHL championship.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 14, 2015
- LD Brad Hunt 10GP, 3-7-10
- R Matt Ford 10GP, 2-7-9
- R Andrew Miller 10GP, 3-3-6
- L Ryan Hamilton 10GP, 5-0-5
- C Jason Williams 10GP, 0-5-5
- C Jujhar Khaira 8GP, 3-1-4
- L Josh Winquist 10GP, 2-2-4
- LD Jordan Oesterle 10GP, 1-3-4
- LD Darnell Nurse 4GP, 0-4-4
- C Connor Jones 10GP, 3-0-3
- F Kellen Jones 10GP, 2-1-3
- L Curtis Hamilton 10GP, 1-1-2
- LD Brandon Davidson 10GP, 1-1-2
- D Martin Marincin 8GP, 0-2-2
- C CJ Stretch 9GP, 0-2-2
- R Greg Chase 4GP, 0-1-1
- L Mitchell Moroz 6GP, 0-1-1
- G Richard Bachman 9GP, 1.55 .953
- G Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 3.46 .909
A big part of Edmonton’s future played deep into the spring in OKC. Darnell Nurse played a major role in the final series of the year against Utica, and veterans like Brad Hunt, Matt Ford and Richard Bachman played their hearts out. Many of these names will see action in Bakersfield next year, while others will likely catch on with new NHL clubs or in Europe.
It was a tremendous run in Oklahoma City, and I’d like to thank everyone we talked and followed on blogs and on air over the last five seasons. I’ll forget someone, but did want to specifically thank Todd Nelson, Jim Byers, Neal Livingston, Eric Rodgers, Patricia Teter and of course Rob Ferguson.
It took six months but finally got Leon Draisaitl to confirm the decision not to send him to WJC was made by the Edmonton Oilers – not him.
— Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) May 24, 2015
- C Marc-Olivier Roy 2GP, 0-3-3
- C Leon Draisaitl 1GP, 1-0-1
Draisaitl’s game was eventful (goal and a misconduct) and Roy has played (once again) well in a two-way role, but Edmonton has not signed him. At this late date, if they haven’t signed Roy there’s a chance we’ll see him traded or back in the draft for a final time.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 23, 2015
The decision about WJ’s may or may not be a huge item, depending on your point of view. My belief is that LD was playing for the Oilers leading up to the tournament (his final NHL game was Dec. 31) and Edmonton was well within their rights to keep him on the big club. I don’t think he should have been on the team, but that’s another conversation.
This is the final weekly update of the season, I’ll have a ‘prospect review’ article out in the next week or so detailing seasons great and small for Edmonton’s hopefuls.