By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 01/02/2012

The Edmonton Oilers and Oklahoma City Barons are swapping Finnish forwards.  The Edmonton Oilers recalled forward Teemu Hartikainen and assigned forward Lennart Petrell to Oklahoma City, Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today.

Hartikainen, a 6-1, 215-pounder from Kuopio, Finland, has played in 23 games with the Barons this season, recording 15 points (8-7-15).  He is second on the team with 65 shots on goal.  Hartikainen, the Oilers sixth-round draft choice (193rd) overall in the 2008 NHL Entry draft played 12 games with the Oilers last season, scoring five points (3-2-5).  This is his first call up this season.

Petrell, a 6-3, 198-poinder from Helsinki, Finland has appeared in 30 games with the Oilers this season, scoring six points (3-3-6).  Each of the last seven season, he has played with HIFK Helsinki in Finland. In 342 games over those seven seasons, he has recorded 161 points (76-85-161) and served 411 penalty minutes.  Petrell was originally a 6th round choice (190th overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Oklahoma City defeated the Houston Aeros 6-0 last night, securing the coaching honors for Todd Nelson for the Western Conference All Stars at the 2012 AHL All Star Classic.  The event is January 29 – 30 in Atlantic City, NJ.

The Barons are off until Wednesday when they take on the Lake Erie Monsters at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  Faceoff is 6 p.m. (ct).

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