FIVE MORE PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO OKLAHOMA CITY BY OILERS
By Josh Evans, OKC BaronsThe Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, assigned five players to Oklahoma City, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini announced today.
Four of the players, Gilbert Brule, Ryan O’Marra, Josh Green and Ryan Keller, were placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Barons. Forward Teemu Hartikainen was assigned to the Barons.
Hartikainen, the Oilers sixth round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, played the majority of last season with the Barons, scoring 42 points (17-25-42) in 66 games. He was recalled to Edmonton late in the season and played 12 games with the Oilers, registering five points (3-2-5). H was the American Hockey League rookie for the month for January 2011 when he scored 14 points (10-4-14) in 15 games.
O’Marra played 53 games with the Barons last season, scoring 22 points (2-20-22). He also played 21 games with Edmonton registering five points (1-4-5) in 21 games. O’Marra was originally the New York Islanders first round choice in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Brule, a 5-10, 175-pounder from Edmonton was selected in the first round by Columbus in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played 41 games last season with the Oilers, registering nine points (7-2-9) and serving 41 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 263 games with Edmonton and Columbus, scoring 81 points (38-43-81) and serving 143 penalty minutes.
Green, signed by the Oilers over the summer, played last season in the Anaheim Ducks organization, splitting time between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. With the Crunch, he recorded 46 points (15-31-46) in 69 games. The 6-3, 215-pounder from Camrose, Alberta has appeared in 334 games at the NHL level, scoring 74 points (35-39-74) and serving 199 penalty minutes.
Keller, a 5-10, 186-pounder from Saskatoon, Sask. played last season with the Binghamton Senators, serving as their team captain. He recorded 51 points (32-19-51) in 71 games with the Senators. Those 32 goals were good enough to lead the team. In the postseason, he led the team in goals (10), assists (15) and points (25) en route to the Calder Cup championship. Each of the last four seasons, he has led his team in goals scored.
Oklahoma City will return to practice this week in preparation for their season opener next Sunday against the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, Texas. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m.
The Barons home opener is just 13 days away on October 15 against the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. For the home opener, the Barons have teamed with Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure to raise awareness for breast cancer reserach. Every fan who attends the game will receive a pink t-shirt from the Barons and Mercy Hospital.
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