Roster Turnover In Oklahoma City

Can Rajala carry the load for the Barons? - Photo by the always adroit Candace Riley

Leaving on a jet plane, probably won't be back again.

Over at Artful Puck, Patricia Teter reflects on all of the Barons who have moved on this summer and presents a wonderful picture collage of them. The AHL is a league of flux and roster turnover is the norm. To wit, the Barons used 47 players during last year's regular season. But turnover is one thing, the Barons are in the midst of a massive overhaul of the roster. Not only are they set to lose ~70% of their games played during the regular season, they're set to lose more than 50% of games played during their run to the conference finals:

Player Name Pos. GP G A Pts
Player Name Pos. GP G A Pts
Mark Arcobello C 17 12 8 20
Josh Green C 17 4 8 12
C.J. Stretch C 17 5 4 9
Chris Vande Velde C 17 2 2 4
Toni Rajala F 17 4 12 16
Anton Lander C 8 5 3 8
Tyler Pitlick F 16 2 4 6
Teemu Hartikainen F 17 7 8 15
Ben Eager F 13 1 4 5
Jonathan Cheechoo F 17 3 9 12
Tanner House F 9 0 1 1
Philippe Cornet F 17 2 7 9
Ryan Martindale F 2 0 0 0
Antti Tyrvainen F 16 3 3 6
Curtis Hamilton F 1 0 0 0
Andrew Hotham F 14 2 5 7
Martin Marincin D 17 1 6 7
Darcy Hordichuk F 3 0 0 0
Taylor Fedun D 17 3 3 6
Randy Jones D 17 1 4 5
Brandon Davidson D 17 0 6 6
Garrett Stafford D 17 2 2 4

Alex Plante D 2 0 0 0

Colten Teubert D 1 0 0 0

143 28 48 76
163 31 51 82

They'll need to replace 53% of their games played in the playoffs as well as 53% of their goals and 52% of their points. While they're losing a couple of veterans, they're also turning the page on a number of draft choice and players they've traded for like Teemu Hartikainen, Philippe Cornet, Chris Vande Velde, Alex Plante and Colten Teubert.

The Barons are going to reply on a number of Oilers' properties to replace the outgoing men. The Barons will likely get two of the 10 defensemen competing for a spot in the NHL, and odds are those two will be Philip Larsen and Oscar Klefbom. But in additional to those two, they'll add Travis Ewanyk, Martin Gernat, Brad Hunt, Kale Kessy, Andrew Miller, Lee Moffie, and David Musil.

Replacing players is business as usual at the AHL level, and with so few NHL graduates from the first three years of the team's existence, turnover might be a good thing. The Barons are about to become an extremely young team, is there enough talent to carry them back to and deep into the playoffs?

Click here to view Patricia's photo tribute to last season's Barons.

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