At the beginning of each hockey season you are seduced into thinking this season will be the winning season. And, to be honest, the NHL lockout has provided more justification for falling into this line of thought. Before the season started the OKC Barons was the team predicted to win it all – all the way to the top, the Calder Cup; and on paper OKC is still the perfect storm scenario, just waiting to come together. With the Oilers top line of young players – “the kid line” or “young guns” – how could it not happen?
Currently at the end of November, 20 games in, the OKC Barons are at 11-6-1-2. Not exactly burning up the league, but they are beginning to warm it up. Why is that? How are they not in the top AHL spot with NHL players such as Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and the newly signed defenseman, just out of NCAA Wisconsin Badger hockey, Justin Schultz – who by the way is a +14 and at the top of the AHL points stats? …[to read more….]