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Bill Scott Named Oilers Assistant GM, His Greatest Hits Remain (And They Really Were Great)

Bill Scott Named Oilers Assistant GM, His Greatest Hits Remain (And They Really Were Great)

In late summer 2010, Steve Tambellini made a pretty important hire. Regardless of how his time was spent wheeling and dealing with the Edmonton Oilers, Tambellini had huge success in the creation and supplemental healing of the team’s farm squad in the AHL. Gerber, Giroux, McDonald – all players brought in to backstop a minor league affiliate on the ropes – the success was instant. But of all the hires that season, including Todd Nelson, snatching an AHL front office guy was probably the most important.

Four years as AHL Hockey Ops Director, Bill Scott felt the desire to turn his attention towards team building. His organizational mind, and connections around the league would prove a huge asset to the Oilers farm team almost immediately. Scott, a Michigan State grad, was intelligent and considerate beyond his years. He was largely responsible for the Barons success in season one, and alongside Todd Nelson crafted one of the most potent minor league franchises in a four year span.

Announced over the weekend, Bill Scott will become the Edmonton Oilers new Assistant to the GM.

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Todd Nelson Tidbits – Arco, Eager & “Best Prospects”

Todd Nelson Tidbits – Arco, Eager & “Best Prospects”

At tonight’s radio show Todd Nelson spilled a little bit on a couple of roster spots, ones that have immediate impact on the Oklahoma City Barons in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

To the tidbits!

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The Likelihood That The Barons Play “The Kids” Against Texas

The Likelihood That The Barons Play “The Kids” Against Texas

The Oklahoma City Barons have entertained a sudden onslaught of ATO’s for the better part of the final two weeks of the AHL regular season. Now that the postseason spot has been secured, and the first round dance begins on Wednesday, the team has some decisions to make when it comes to playing time.

In the finale of the regular season we saw a whole bunch of these guys play against the Iowa Wild, and although they looked as green as a clover on St. Patrick’s Day, they showed some pizzazz, some razzle dazzle if you will. There weren’t enough glowing reviews individually to warrant a WE NEED THE KIDS IN THE PLAYOFFS banner, but the sum of their parts was rather enticing.

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Oklahoma City Barons Vs. Texas Stars: Playoff Preview

Oklahoma City Barons Vs. Texas Stars: Playoff Preview

At the ripe age of 15, I boarded a pale white bus in South West Texas, to traverse the pristine, unfettered waters of the river simply known by locals as “The Devils”. The bus ride itself was an adventure. You felt the weight of each bump as we careened side to side to avoid each ditch-like hole in the ground. The driver, a man in his 50′s, sang classic country tunes to himself, but was willing to share with the rest of the touristico on the 30 passenger, dilapidated school bus.

The ride eventually came to a halt as we reached a portion of Devils River. The river itself, only 90 miles long, has often been considered one of the mightiest in Texas for its rugged, unforgiving tendencies. Indeed, as a 15 year old high school student the thought of taking a canoe trip down its relentless being had me exhilarated. The goal was simple. Grab a thin boat, two oars, a lunch pail and canister of water, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

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Somehow. Someway. Richard Bachman Makes THIS Save

Somehow. Someway. Richard Bachman Makes THIS Save

Bachman-Remarkable

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Darnell Nurse, Two Gifs Worth Celebrating

Darnell Nurse, Two Gifs Worth Celebrating

Darnell Nurse, a high-end prospect with the Edmonton Oilers (whatever that means), has sorta made his prescence known with the Oklahoma City Barons. Sometimes it’s good, often times it’s bad. Any way you slice it, however, he’s an interesting fella. Nurse, just recently turning 19 years old, is a large, wiry fella with incredible speed, good hands, and DIY decision making. Before I go any further hear me out. Nurse IS NOT NHL READY, but rather displays a unique skill set that sets him apart from the herd. Are they fully developed? No. Is he ready for the NHL in a season or two? Probably not. Is he a first round bust? Too early to tell.

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