A quick thought before we plunge headlong into a crazy week of North American hockey. As I type this post, the Hershey Bears and Hamilton Bulldogs have eache recalled players from their ECHL affiliates. This will be a common occurrence for nearly every other AHL team in the coming week to two weeks. For Oklahoma City, they’ll pluck a handful of guys from Stockton today so that they can adequately stock a roster for games played against the Charlotte Checkers Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Philippe Cornet, Toni Rajala, Ryan Martindale, Eric Hunter, Teigan Zahn – all are candidates to return to Oklahoma City where all have had various moments already within the Barons organization. I don’t see why you don’t snatch all of them, but perhaps they keep one or two of these names deep as Bill Scott pushes for other golden nuggets in Europe, the CHL, and the ECHL. It’s going to be an eventful week.
Meanwhile, the players called to Edmonton Oilers camp will soon be announced. I’ll assume that that takes place mid-week for training camp that starts this coming weekend. That will have depleted the Barons significantly more in the short term as the Oil weed through whom they want and whom they don’t. So there is a scenario where the Barons have a completely unique roster for four straight games, dating back to the final game played by Hall, Ebs, Schultz Saturday (so that’s last Saturday, Sunday, Friday, Saturday with a different roster nightly. Similar pieces, but vastly different).
Bonus history lesson! Sebastien Centomo, a once goaltender for the Oklahoma City Blazers was called up to an AHL affiliate in 2005-2006. At the time I thought fondly of an AHL team, in Manitoba nonetheless, seeking out a goaltender in the CHL in my hometown. Thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was wrong. Because now I find myself rolling my eyes thinking about CHL players returning to Oklahoma City to play in the AHL. My how a few years can change your tone.
Godspeed, the Central Leaguers are coming.