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Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Much has been said in Edmonton about the lack of players to graduate from the Oklahoma City Barons to the Oilers. The latest stoke of the fire came as Teemu Hartikainen opted to head overseas to Russia, this coming as he was a Restricted Free Agent and looking to gain a one-way contract with Edmonton.

The folks over at Copper & Blue are currently in the midst of their “Top 25 Under 25” countdown, with Hartikainen coming in at number 11. In their discussion, the point was made that the Oilers have only had two draftees – that weren’t drafted in the 1st round – play in 200 or more NHL games. That made me wonder how other teams throughout the NHL have done in that area as well.

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Oklahoma City Soccer Battleground Explained, and What Effect That Could Have on the Barons

Oklahoma City Soccer Battleground Explained, and What Effect That Could Have on the Barons

In case you hadn’t heard. Oklahoma City is in the midst of a war between rival professional soccer leagues. In one corner, we have Sold Out Strategies, a group that currently runs Oklahoma City FC, a fourth-tier soccer team currently playing in the Premier Development…

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Is The Cox Center In Long-Term Plans For The Barons?

Is The Cox Center In Long-Term Plans For The Barons?

Much has been said about the Oklahoma City Barons attendance. Some positive, but a lot of it negative. Warranted? I don’t really think so. I’d like to think that a team like the Oilers would care a lot more about the results on the ice,…

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Ice Hockey and the Wild West: Kirill Tulupov and his stint with the Arizona Sundogs

Ice Hockey and the Wild West: Kirill Tulupov and his stint with the Arizona Sundogs

 In early March following former OKC Barons defenseman Kirill Tulupov’s return to North America, he kindly granted an interview (published at ArtfulPuck) and I was able to talk to him about his unusual situation and how he ended up playing with the Central Hockey League’s…

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hockey Team Dynamics

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hockey Team Dynamics

Games are often won and lost before a team steps on the ice. – Barry Smith, Director of Player Development with the Chicago Blackhawks. Team Dynamics – definition: The behavioral relationship between members of a group that are assigned connected tasks within an organization. Dynamics are…

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My Conversion to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

My Conversion to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

In case you missed it, the NHL is still in the midst of their lockout – a long, drawn out, rapidly becoming ridiculously crazy, losing fans lockout. However, this could well be changing soon, but for now we are still without NHL hockey. Luckily I…

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