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Future Watch: Colten Teubert

Oilers prospect Colten Teubert has his sights set on full-time NHL duty.

Thursday, 09.02.2012 / 4:16 PM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
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Future Watch: Colten Teubert
At roughly 6-4 and over 200 pounds, Oklahoma City Barons’ defenseman Colten Teubert is an imposing figure. Learning to use his size will allow him to develop into one of the more physical defensemen in the Edmonton Oilers’ system.



Teubert was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the trade that sent Dustin Penner to Hollywood.  The Kings 1st round draft choice (13th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has seen time with both the Oilers and Barons this season.



With Oklahoma City, he has played in 22 games, scoring seven points (2-5-7) and recording a plus-minus of +8.

In a strange twist of fate, he made his NHL debut on November 3, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings.  In his first NHL stint (20 games, one assist), Teubert learned valuable lessons that he has brought back with him to OKC.


Teubert enjoyed some valuable NHL experience this season.

“I think just having to be consistent with my game, play a solid 60 minutes and make minimal mistakes,” Teubert said. “Mistakes are really magnified at that level because when you do make a mistake there’s players good enough to score every time.”



In his return to the American Hockey League, Teubert realizes it’s time to hone his skills and prepare for his return to ‘The Show’.

“I’ve been trying to work on my consistency and keep playing physical down here.”



The Barons have been one of the more consistent teams in the AHL this season in the standings. Sitting atop the Western Division nearly all season. They look poised for a playoff bid and potential home-ice advantage as the season continues on. Teubert feels that the success down in OKC foreshadows good things to come for an Edmonton franchise that’s rebuilding the right way.


“I think you just look from the bottom up. From Stockton to here in Oklahoma, we’re starting to do things right and that’s going to lead towards the future with the Oilers. I think things are going well down here, so hopefully guys down here can get an opportunity in the future to bring what we’ve done down here up there and our success. I think our future is very bright.”



“You look at all the young forwards they have and good goaltending. I think it’s really exciting.”



That success is something the players look to hold on to as the year rolls on. For them, it’s not good enough winning games in the regular season. There’s a thirst for playoff hockey going around the Barons’ locker room.

“If you talk to any guy on the team, we’re not just satisfied with winning during the regular season,” Teubert confessed. “We want to bring this towards the playoffs and continue and go on a run.”
Teubert has been an imposing force in OKC this year.


But how far can this team packed with young prospects and cagey vets make it?

“I’m not sure. I don’t know. But I think if we continue on the right path and we do the right things, we have a very good opportunity. Because we have a lot of players who have won the Championship on this team and we can use their experience.”



Teubert sees the success of the Barons this season as a reflection on himself, and feels it is directly related to an opportunity for him to return to the NHL, possibly for good.

“I think it’s going to come down to the team’s success too. You look at our team. If we start losing, it’s not going to give me a very good chance. So, I just want to help the team out as much as I can and just play my role. I really have to settle down into a real solid defensive, defenseman who plays physical and who other opposing forwards don’t like to play against.”

If the season continues the way it has and Teubert continues to improve the way he has, he’ll get that chance.

Prospect Stats Updated as of Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Forwards


Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Cameron Abney   20 12  0 0 0  -1 24 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Mark Arcobello   23 45  8 18 26 +11 14 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   24 39  4 8 12   -2 8 Novokuznetsk Metallurg
Philippe Cornet   21 38 21 7 28    5 13 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   19 35 11 15 26 +4 40 Kootenay ice (WHL)
Travis Ewanyk   18 - - - - - - edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Josh Green   34 23 8 13 21  +10 23 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Curtis Hamilton   20 37 5 5 10   +2 6 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Teemu Hartikainen   21 33 10 10 20   -3 10 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Tanner House   25 43 4 9 13  +10 19 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kellen Jones   21 24 7 13 20  0 33 quinnipiac university
Ryan Keller   27 45 16 21 37 +19 26 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Milan Kytnar   22 2 0 1 1   0 2 HPK Hameenlinna (sm-liiga)
Ryan Martindale   20 30 5 9 14 -11 10 stockton thunder (ECHL)
Linus Omark   24 7 1 6 7 +2 4 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Ryan O'Marra   24 38 8 9 17 +14 58 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kristians Pelss   19 46 18 16 34 +26 68 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 35  4 6 10  -6 22 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Toni Rajala   20 42 14 11 25  -9 16 ilves tampere (sm-liiga)
Liam Reddox   25 45 10 15 25 -12 32 vaxjo hc (SEL)
Tobias Rieder   18 43 31 27 58 +20 21 kitchener rangers (OHL)
Hunter Tremblay   25 46 11 10 21  +8 31 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Antti Tyrvainen   22 27 2 6 8  +6 27 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Chris VandeVelde   24 46 4 10 14  -2 18 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Defencemen
Name age GP G A P +/- PIM team
Kyle Bigos   22 24 3 11 14   0 76 merrimack college
Jeremie Blain   19 14 3 17 20 +15 16 Victoriaville tigers (QMjhl)
Taylor Chorney   19 29 3 10 13   7 19 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Brandon Davidson   20 55 12 28 40 +22 71 regina pats (wHL)
Martin Gernat   18 42 8 32 40 +36 40 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Oscar Klefbom   18 27 0 0 0   -1 2 farjestads bk karlstad (SEL)
Martin Marincin   19 12 2 4 6   +1 4 regina pats (WHL)
Johan Motin   22 25 0 1 1   -3 16 Timra ik (seL)
David Musil   18 43 1 16 17  +10 84 vancouver giants (WHL)
DYlan YEO   25 22 4 3 7  +3 17 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Alex Plante   22 32 1 11 12 +12 67 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Dillon Simpson   18 27 1 12 13   0 4 u. of north dakota
Colten Teubert   21 22 2 5 7 +8 35 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Goalies
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
Tyler Bunz   19 50 32 14 4 2.62 .921 medicine hat tigers (WHL)
Yann Danis   30 29 19 8 1 2.04 .924 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Samu Perhonen   18 9 - - - 3.79 .889 Jyp ht jyvaskyla (sm-liiga)
Olivier Roy   20 28 10 13 5 2.49 .925 stockton thunder (echl)
Frans Tuohimaa   20 17 6 5 5 2.59 .900 jokerit helsinki (sm-liiga)
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