Oklahoma City Barons defenceman Brad Hunt has been named a Second Team American Hockey League All Star.
Hunt has enjoyed a career-best season. Through 62 games, the defenceman has scored 49 points (11-38-49) for a franchise record for points by a defenceman. The previous best of 48 was set by Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz last season. Schultz was named the AHL’s Defenceman of the Year for that performance.
Hunt is currently fourth amongst AHL defencemen in scoring.
The blueliner earned his first NHL call up this season, playing three games for Edmonton.
Hunt was also a member of the 2011-12 Chicago Wolves, who were coached by Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish.
|Brad Hunt (photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
In 62 games played this season, Hunt has 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points. He is also +9. Nine of his goals have come on the power play.
Second-year pro Brad Hunt has 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points in 62 games with Oklahoma City this season, notching more points in a Barons uniform than any other player in 2013-14. Hunt, who signed his first NHL contract with Edmonton last offseason, has picked up his play in the second half with 31 points and a plus-9 rating in his last 28 games, helping the Barons make a push towards the Calder Cup Playoffs. The 25-year-old native of Ridge Meadows, B.C., made his NHL debut with the Oilers on Jan. 3 and appeared in three contests.
Here's the entire list of AHL All Stars:
2013-14 AHL First All-Star Team
Goaltender - Jake Allen, Chicago Wolves (49gp, 30-16-3, 2.09gaa, .926sv%, 6so)
Defence - T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (70gp, 22+44=66pts., 12 PPG, 4 GWG)
Defence - Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs (70gp, 12+44=56pts., +7, 19 PP pts.)
Left Wing - Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (51gp, 30+37=67pts., +11, 12 PPG)
Centre - Travis Morin, Texas Stars (62gp, 31+50=81pts., +13, 10 PPG)
Right Wing - Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (54gp, 32+31=63pts., +11, 13 PPG, 6 GWG)
2013-14 AHL Second All-Star Team
Goaltender - Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins (30gp, 22-7-1, 2.03gaa, .927sv%, 3so)
Defence - Adam Almquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (69gp, 4+48=52pts., +9, 27 PP pts.)
Defence - Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (62gp, 11+38=49pts., +9, 9 PPG)
Left Wing - Zach Boychuk, Charlotte Checkers (65gp, 35+35=70pts., 17 PPG, 4 GWG)
Centre - Andy Miele, Portland Pirates (65gp, 27+42=69pts., 33 PP pts.)
Right Wing - Spencer Abbott, Toronto Marlies (64gp, 17+52=69pts., +10, 9 PPG)
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenceman Darnell Nurse, the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Nurse finished this season with 50 points (13-37-50) in 64 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL. He tied for the team lead in scoring during the playoffs with eight points (3-5-8) in nine games.
Nurse joins the Barons in the thick of a tight AHL playoff race. OKC is currently 7th in the Western Conference with five games remaining in the regular season.
Edmonton Oilers goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit, 21, has been named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team. With the Bakersfield Condors, Brossoit has played in 36 games this season, posting a record of 24-9-2.
Brossoit is tied for first in the ECHL with his 24 wins, while standing at first in shutouts (8), second in goals-against average (2.05) and tied for second in save percentage (.924).
His eight shutouts are tied for an ECHL single-season record and he has been named ECHL Goaltender of the Week three times.
There is no Boyd Gordon on the ice for the start of practice.
The forward lines are as follows:
Ben Scrivens was shaken up after taking a hard shot to the collarbone area but he appears to be okay and has returned to practice.
Scrivens returns to the ice....looks like he'll be ok.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) April 9, 2014
It's just an off-ice workout for the Oilers this morning as the Rexall Place ice has been covered in preparation for a concert.
We'll have interviews with several Oilers shortly, including the NHL's first star of the week Taylor Hall.
A scrappy and heated second period provided a spark for the Edmonton Oilers while it may have doused any momentum the Ducks were trying to create. After Steve Pinizzotto grappled with Matt Beleskey, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins says that the Ducks seemed rattled and they even took it out on him.
“I do know it certainly rattled their team,” Eakins said. “They’re a composed group, Anaheim. (Anaheim Head Coach Bruce Boudreau) has done a great job with that team. They’re so composed and then when the first one erupted, it seemed to set them off the tracks a little bit and I thought they got really distracted. I thought that worked in our favour. They were so upset they were even yelling at me which is always great when I didn’t even throw a punch.”
Eakins said it was some of the top players on the Ducks who were talking at the Oilers bench. He also says that second period was yet another bonding moment for the team as they continue to fight for each other.
“Their top guys. I think they thought I sent (Pinizzotto) out there to do that and I would just never do that, especially now. We’re out of it, they’re getting ready for the playoffs, I have nothing but the upmost respect for (Boudreau) and especially (Ryan) Getzlaf and (Corey) Perry those two are two of my favourite players to watch but they were certainly upset by that. So the answer to your question is I thought it worked great in our favour. Not only did I think it took their top guys out of their composed state, but then I thought it was another bonding experience for our guys. They knew they were in the fight together and they were supporting each other again.”
Anaheim defenceman Stephane Robidas also talked about a ‘loss of composure’ in the game.
Several Oilers also talked about the second period and how it helped the Oilers in the game.
“It’s good for us,” Taylor Hall said. “It gets everyone going and it seems to get the crowd going a lot, especially at home. Those guys (Steve Pinizzotto and Matt Hendricks etc.) play hard and they want to defend the teammates that they’re on the ice with and it’s great for us. If we can keep playing tough and keep playing with pride, that’s going to follow along.”
Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz scored the game-winning goal against Anaheim tonight and it’s his second-straight game with a goal. Schultz jumped way up in the play to score tonight, stuffing in a loose puck on the doorstep.
“He was good,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He was working all 200 feet of the ice, I know that. He was really skating, he was up on the play, he’s been good at picking his spots so it didn’t surprise me that he was there to bang it in.”
Schultz says he’s constantly looking to create that offence and recently he’s been able to do so.
“You’re always trying to jump up and create offence and the last couple of games I’ve had opportunities to do that,” Schultz said. “We’ve been playing really well as a team and it makes it easier for me to jump in so I’ve just got to keep doing that hopefully I’ll get a few more.”
When a defenceman commits offensively it could present a risk of the puck going the other way, but the Oilers want Schultz to keep jumping up and getting creative.
“There’s going to be some liabilities with every player,” Taylor Hall said. “He’s an offensive guy so he needs to be as offensive as possible and the other parts of his game are really rounding out well.”
Schultz finished the game with 23:05 of ice time and a goal and an assist.