Edmonton has a few rookies in the AHL ready to break through
To start the American Hockey League season, the then on-going NHL labour dispute was probably the best thing to possibly happen to the Edmonton Oilers affiliate Oklahoma City Barons. Along with Jordan Eberle, several NHL caliber players found themselves in Barons uniforms rather than taking the ice at Rexall place to start the season. Eberle would play 34 games for the Barons before the start of the truncated 2012-2013 NHL season, contributing 51 points to the Baron's fifth place Western Conference finish, the franchises third straight Calder Cup playoff berth since the franchise was re-activated for the 2010-2011 American League season.
Even after the likes of Eberle, Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins packed their bags for The Show following the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Barons remained successful, coming within a game of reaching the Calder Cup Final, thanks to the likes of a number of promising Oilers prospects destined to join there brief NHL-calibre line mates soon.
4.) Mark Arcobello – Undrafted
The Barons regular season scoring leader Mark Arcobello scored a career high 68 points in 74 games in his third pro-season. Making his NHL debut Feb. 6 against the Dallas Stars, Arcobello was scoreless in 19 shifts in his lone NHL game. Touted by scouts for his outstanding shot and playmaking abilities, the 24-year-olds NHL chances are growing smaller, with rumours swirling that he will end up in Europe. He is quite small, standing at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, however his production in the American League shows that he does have some NHL capabilities. Instrumental in the Barons playoff run, Arcobello scored 20 points in all 17 of the Barons playoff games this season, once again leading the team. With their prospect pool already so deep, Arcobello's NHL future may lie with another organization, where he will have to bulk up in size and continue carve out a niche as a faceoff expert if he is to ever see time in the NHL.
3.) Taylor Fedun – Undrafted
At a ripe 25 years old, Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun is a late bloomer and will have to prove himself, and fast, if he is to ever see time in the NHL. His first season in the American League after spending four with Princeton University was a solid one, scoring 27 points in 70 games. The 6-foot-0, 190 pound d-man is making strides in his development, demonstrating his ke