The Edmonton Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, earned a huge 5-4 shootout win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday night.
The victory gives them 73 points on the season, putting them two back of the 7th (Rockford) and 8th seed in the Western Conference (Charlotte).
The Barons continue their playoff push with two critical games against the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday and Sunday at home in OKC.
The win was also marked by pro debuts for two Oilers prospects; Jujhar Khaira and Greg Chase. Khaira, a third round pick (63rd overall) by the Oilers in 2012, finished the game -2 with two shots on goal.
Chase scored his first professional goal, the game-tying tally at 15:35 of the third period. Chase was selected 188th overall (7th round) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He finished the game +2 with three shots on goal.
The Barons have seven games left in the regular season.
The Oklahoma City Barons announced today that they have signed Mitch Holmberg to an AHL Standard Player Contract for the 2014-15 season. The news came after the team signed the winger to an Amateur Try Out (ATO).
In addition to signing Mitch Holmberg to an ATO, the #OKCBarons have signed him to an AHL SPC for 2014-15.— Oklahoma City Barons (@okcbarons) April 2, 2014
5-foot-10, 175 pound Holmberg has played for the Spokane Chiefs since 2009. This season, he had 118 points (62-56-118) in 72 games for the WHL team.
Holmberg, 21, will report to the Barons to help them in their pursuit of the AHL playoffs.
The Oilers announced earlier today that Jujhar Khaira has been assigned to Oklahoma City. The Barons also announced that they have signed three other players to amateur tryout contracts (ATOs): Greg Chase, Mitch Holmberg and Josh Winquist.
Chase is an Oilers draft pick, while Holmberg and Winquist head to OKC on AHL-only deals.
Oilers assign Jujhar Khaira to OKC. Barons sign three others to ATOs. Read more: http://t.co/JQUO0Fc5A4— Oklahoma City Barons (@okcbarons) April 1, 2014
From the Barons Press Release:
Khaira was selected in the third round (63rd overall) by the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and recently completed the WHL season with the Everett Silvertips. In one season with the Silvertips, he registered 44 points with 16 goals and 28 assists. In five playoff games, Khaira had four points, including three goals.
Prior to playing in Everett, the Surrey, B.C., native spent one season at Michigan Tech. He was the third leading scorer as a freshman with six goals and 19 assists.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native was selected in the seventh round (188th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 204 career games for the Hitmen and registered 162 points with 58 goals and 104 assists. He played in 28 career playoff games for Calgary and had eight goals and 13 assists.
Chase joins the Barons after playing four years for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. He scored 85 points this past season with 35 goals and 50 assists in 70 games played. He had nine points (4-5-9) in Calgary’s six-game loss to the Kootenay Ice in the WHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Chase was a member of the 2012 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.
Holmberg recently finished his WHL career with the Spokane Chiefs. He played in 72 games for the Chiefs this season and had 118 points with 62 goals and 56 assists. The Chiefs alternate captain also had one assist for Spokane in the WHL Playoff series against Victoria. He earned the WHL’s Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top scorer and was a first team all-star. Holmberg leaves Spokane as the Chiefs top career goal scorer.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native has spent his entire WHL career with the Chiefs. In 314 career games, he has 296 points with 147 goals and 149 assists. He has played in 41 career postseason games with 20 goals and nine assists.
Holmberg was a member of the 2010 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.
Winquist played with Khaira in Everett, where he was an alternate captain. Winquist appeared in 67 games for the Silvertips and had 93 points with 47 goals and 46 assists. He had four points in Everett’s playoff series this past season.
The St. Albert, Alberta, native has played in 301 career WHL games. He has 216 points (101-115-216) in five seasons with the Silvertips. He’s appeared in 21 career postseason games for Everett, registering 14 points with seven goals and seven assists.
Oilers head coach Todd Nelson mentioned on Oilers Now with Reid Wilkins on Monday that centre Will Acton was about to be recalled to the Oilers.
The Oilers have been playing short forwards of late and the season-ending shoulder injury to Luke Gazdic necessitated the recall.UPDATE: Read the official press release.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today that winger Luke Gazdic is undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury this week. As a result, he will be out for the next six months.
Luke Gazdic will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery this week and will be sidelined approximately six months.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 31, 2014
The Oilers announced today that they have signed free agent college defenceman Jordan Oesterle from the University of Western Michigan.
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.
Brossoit, 21, has split time this season between the Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors (ECHL), since being acquired from the Calgary Flames on November 8th.
The Surrey, British Columbia native has appeared in eight games with the Barons, posting a 2-5-0 record, including a 3.60 goals against average and a .888 save percentage.
The Edmonton Oilers held an optional skate on Saturday morning in which many faces were absent. Head Coach Dallas Eakins says the team is trying to give their players, who are banged up, some rest.
“Exactly and mostly guys banged up where we just thought it was better to keep most of the guys off the ice, put a few guys on and go from there,” Eakins said. “We’ve got a ton of guys right now that are banged up and some guys that have been playing big minutes and we’ve got to do our best to get them ready for the games.”
“Pitlick took a shot through his pads, on the knee. There’s nothing in the x-ray so we’re fairly confident he should be able to suck it up and play and Jones is out for the season. He’s got a torn PCL, which I don’t know much about but it’s in his knee.”
Fasth skated this morning and appears to be nearing a return from his sprained neck.
“Viktor is progressing and that’s good news. But there’s never a timeline on that other than he came off the ice yesterday and was good, today he’s had another good day so that all looks very well going forward.”
Nail Yakupov (ankle) also skated and, although it’s a good sign, he needs some more time to heal.
“He’s been out just over a week so he’s going to need some practices for sure but I know he still has some discomfort in there.”
The Oilers do not plan on recalling anyone from Oklahoma City, according to Eakins, and will dress defenceman Philip Larsen in Jones’ place.