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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

For the Edmonton Oilers, it was a big accomplishment that the Oklahoma City Barons snuck into the playoffs this season. The developmental benefits gained by having some of the organization’s young prospects play professional playoff hockey are numerous.

Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson spoke to that this morning.

“I think it’s tremendous for them to get the playoff atmosphere,” Nelson said. “That was our goal. We have a young team, we wanted them to experience it, I think it’s part of their growth and development and now they’re going to see the intensity of pro hockey and how it is in the playoffs. A lot of these players have went through junior playoffs and that’s very intense but the higher the level, the intensity ramps up. For them to experience that, I think it helps them out for the future with their development.”

With young players like Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom, Anton Lander, Curtis Hamilton, Tyler Pitlick, Martin Gernat, David Musil and Travis Ewanyk on the roster, the Oilers are grateful for the extra development time the playoffs present.

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