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11-13-2012, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarus View Post
One thing we can take out of this short AHL season so far - when(if) the NHL season starts, the OKC Barons are in major trouble. They might be lucky to win another game when the pros get air-lifted out.

Not that the Oilers are much better off. The supporting cast isn't as inexperienced as the support staff OKC is running with, but are just as ineffective and/or declining at the NHL level as Paarjavi and co are at the AHL level.

It's going to be a another trying year, with or without NHL hockey.
When the lockout ends, a lot of the other teams top players will also be in the NHL. That said our defense will still be ugly. Guys like Paajarvi, Lander, Pitlick, and Marincin should gain more confidence because they will get more offensive roles and minutes against lesser competition.

Originally Posted by SephF View Post
Lander Paajarvi and Hartikainen did decent in the third, it seemed like they were getting under the other teams skin. EVERY whistle with them on the ice resulted in a scrum... Over and over again.

Marincin looked good too, during the shift they scored the tying goal on he took 4 or 5 shots from the point, almost everyone got through and caused some havoc. Looked good to me!
Thanks for that, Paajarvi has even been getting into scrums when he used to always avoid them. IMO there's still an NHL player there even though he may never show top 6 offense. But if he can play gritty and work on being a shut down and PK guy IMO he'll be a very valuable player for us.

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