Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson attended the Edmonton Oilers' prospect development camp earlier this month. There he got a close-up view of the young players that may make their way down to Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League.
There is a palpable buzz circulating around the Oklahoma City Hockey community, with young, talented prospects like Curtis Hamilton
, Mark Arcobello
, Hunter Tremblay
, Tanner House
, Colten Teubert
and many more, having the potential to play for the Barons this season.
The excitement continues to build, after coach Nelson returned from the camp, and expressed his happiness with where the young players are at, at this point in the offseason.
"Guys like Colten Teubert
, House, Tremblay... Guys like that, that were here last year. We kind of focused on them," Nelson said. "You know what, They looked really good. They looked really good, and we're very excited about the start of the season, because there is some great, young talent coming up."
Teubert earned the fans' support almost immediately after being traded to the Oilers' organization on deadline day last season. The 6-4, 200-pound defenseman scored twice in his first two games in the Barons' copper and blue.
The tough blueliner finished the season with two goals and five assists in 20 games for the Barons.
House was a rookie out of Maine last season and flashed signs of potential in his early AHL experience. House played in six games for OKC and recorded one goal and four assists.
Tremblay's attitude on and off of the ice earned him quick respect in and out of the locker room. What earned him the fans' adoration was his first professional goal, which came in the form of an important playoff score against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Tremblay saw ice time in three regular season games, but shined in the playoffs, appearing in all six of the Barons' postseason contests.
"All of the guys we projected to go to our team, they all looked really good. So, we're very excited about that."
Attending the Development Camp, gave head coach Todd Nelson and the Barons' staff priceless intel and an opportunity to introduce themselves to some of the Oilers' top prospects. It also gave Nelson and the staff reasons to be excited.
"We're looking at some of the guys that are projected to be here. So, it was a pretty good situation for us. We got to take a look at them, get familiar with some of the new guys. So it was a pretty good time up there. But also, we're really excited about the season."Author: Chris Wescott | OKC Barons