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ARCOBELLO MAKING HIS MARK ON BARONS
By Chris Wescott,
Arcobello Making His Mark on Barons
By Chris Wescott/OKCBarons.com
When forward Mark Arcobello joined the
Oklahoma City Barons three seasons ago, a story ran
on okcbarons.com about how a 5-9, 165 pound kid out of Yale would use his speed to adjust to the American Hockey League.
Little did anyone know that three years later, that kid out of Yale would show off so much more than naturalspeed, become the offensive catalyst for the Barons, center a line with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, earn his first NHL call up, play in his first NHL game and
earn an AHL All Star nod.
And oh, by the way, he just so happens to be top three in every offensive category in Barons history, including tops in goals (50), assists (83) and points (133).
“It was definitely a year that’s going to stick out in my mind forever,” said a quiet and humble Arcobello on locker room cleanout day. “A lot of milestones and a lot of fun. We wish we could’ve won the cup, but it’s definitely a learning experience and we’re going to take this experience and move forward.”
Arcobello has continued to show growth in his game through three seasons with OKC. His hockey IQ, vision, passing abilities and offensive production have routinely garnered praise from his coaches and teammates.
The 2012-13 season saw Arcobello’s best production to date. In 74 games during the regular season, he scored 22 goals and added 46 assists. His 68 points led the roster, as did his 236 shots on goal. He also finished the season ranked third in the AHL in scoring.
“It was an eventful year. I think once the NHL started back up, it kind of gave some guys, that might have been bumped down the depth chart, a little more opportunity.”
While the NHL lockout proved a burden to some around the league, Arcobello embraced the opportunity. He centered a line with two of the top young forwards in the NHL and eventually earned his first call up to the Edmonton Oilers, playing in his first NHL game on February 5, 2013.
“We had a lot of new faces coming and going. But, I think we did a pretty good job adapting to new
personnel and the guys did a great job, especially down the stretch.”
It is often said that the best players perform best when the pressure is on. This was the case for Arcobello as
the Calder Cup playoffs truly showed his skillset.
In 17 games, Arcobello led the Barons in scoring while tallying 12 goals and eight assists. In OKC’s threeelimination games, the forward scored twice and added two assists.
Arcobello signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on June 16, making him one of the top names to return to the Barons next season.
On locker room cleanout day over a month ago, Arcobello’s future was uncertain. But one thing is for sure, he wanted to be in Oklahoma City.
“I’d like to be back here,” he said. “I love it here. I’m happy to be a part of this organization.”
After such a successful season, it would seem the Oilers and Barons are happy that Mark Arcobello is a part of their organization as well.
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