Who or should I say what is a Nathan Deck? That’s easy. He’s a scoring type defenseman most recently playing for the Stockton Thunder. He’s also a former Prince Albert Raider with a ton of WHL points (and one season with a positive +/-). 5 goals and 12 assists in 19 games is not bad for a defender in his second year pro. He’s also the team’s leading point snatcher among defenders, which is also not bad.
What’s not easy to answer is the where of the situation. Where do the Barons feel they need to plug in a newcomer on the blue line?
The small, 22 year old defender is in the same mode as another oft Thunder player and callup, Dan Ringwald. Another puck mover is never a bad thing, but you have to wonder if Deck will find himself a bit over his head in the AHL. I’d imagine he’ll swap in with either Plante or Teubert, and give some depth to the team in the wake of Ringwald’s upper body injury. And this is merely speculation, that Ringwald is out and Deck is in. Nonetheless, this will be an interesting call up. The Barons have struck gold before on lower league call ups (Dylan Yeo, Dan Ringwald, to name two), and here’s hoping the best for Deck.
Nonetheless, he’ll play for OKC this weekend against San Antonio, and it gives us another glimpse at how well the Thunder have nurtured so many young guys needing a big time shot. It’s also a chance for a guy to get some higher league love.
Huge thanks to Oil Field Hockey!
The Oklahoma City Barons have signed defenseman Nathan Deck to a PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Deck, 22, has played his entire professional career with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. The 5-11, 185-pounder from Sedley, Saskatchewan has amassed 43 points (12-31-43) in 79 games with the Thunder over two seasons.
Prior to turning pro, Deck played four full seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. In 272 games over those four seasons, he scored 118 points (22-96-118).