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Signed to a one-year contract at the end of his ELC, Ryan O`Marra moved to Oklahoma City from Springfield, staying within the Oilers' organization. With the additional signing of Brad Moran, O'Marra was quickly tabbed as the second center on the Barons' depth chart. O'Marra played a huge number of minutes on the penalty kill and proved himself to be an instrumental part of the line-up during his time in OKC.
As part of the last group of cuts from Edmonton, O'Marra arrived only a couple days before the start of the AHL season and didn't have time to acclimate to a number of new teammates in Oklahoma City. After a tough opening game O'Marra fought through a slow start, tallying only two assists and a -1 in the first ten games of the season. O'Marra spent most of the early season centering a line with Liam Reddox and Linus Omark.
Things picked up in a big way after that. O'Marra's line got how and he put up three assists and a +4 over the next four games. On November 7th, the Toronto Marlies came to town only to play victim to the Linus Omark show. O'Marra assisted on three of Omark's goals, and another by Reddox. O'Marra posted three more assists five nights later against the Chicago Wolves. His offensive outburst was cut short by an injury, shelving him for two weeks.
O'Marra returned during a two-game series against Manitoba, and scored his first goal of the season and added another assist on December 4th. Against Houston a few days later, O'Marra turned in his only minus game in a 12-game span. While taking part in a special outdoor practice in downtown, O'Marra and Omark received word that they were headed to Edmonton.
O'Marra appeared in nine games with the Oilers, scoring a goal and two assists. He was returned to OKC with Shawn Belle while Omark stayed and Liam Reddox was called up to Edmonton. With his two former linemates with the Oilers, O'Marra was thrown between Greg Stewart and Ben Ondrus. The line was used mostly as a checking line and O'Marra didn't put up much offense - he scored only one goal and added five assists in January.
O'Marra made his way to the scoresheet just twice more in the next eighteen games with two assists in a brutal February. As more injuries accumulated in Edmonton, all eyes were on who would be getting the call-up from the Barons. O'Marra got his second call-up of the season after a March 16th game against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Joining him on the trip were fellow centerman Chris VandeVelde, and winger Alexandre Giroux. The biggest surprise wasn't so much that O'Marra got the call, but the VandeVelde did as well - leapfrogging Brad Moran, who had consistently been the best center for the Barons all season.
O'Marra finished the last 12 games of the season with the Oilers, tallying two assists before returning to Oklahoma. The Barons clinched a playoff spot in the final weekend of their season, and O'Marra and the other call-ups headed to Hamilton to join the rest of the team. In a point starved series for the Barons, O'Marra tied for second on the team in points for the playoffs with two assists in the series.
In a clogged up chart for centermen, it's tough to slot O'Marra on a line just yet. With the additions of Tanner House and Anton Lander, with Chris VandeVelde and Milan Kytnar returning, it will be a tough battle in both the Oilers' and Barons' camps for spots this season.