Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
Much like the last lockout, many up-and-coming players will receive unexpected reps at the AHL level.
Even with Nail Yakupov in the KHL, the Edmonton Oilers boast some of the biggest names who might enjoy the confidence boost of playing against lesser competition.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle are among the players likely to dominate as short-term Oklahoma City Barons. They put a positive spin on the situation for The Canadian Press.
RNH discussed what parts of his game he wants to work on and how it might compare to what he learned while watching his team while he was injured last season.
“A big thing for me is I want to be a two-way centre,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “I take a lot of pride in my defense, and that’s something I’m definitely going to be focused on.”
“There were some positives from the injury. Watching the game from upstairs, I was able to see it from a different perspective, and I believe it will help me moving forward.”
Eberle also wants to improve his all-around game, yet he mentioned the interesting – if subjective – benefits that could come from playing for a successful AHL squad.
“I’m going to work on my defense and penalty kill,” Eberle said. “With the lockout, this is the next-best option here in North America. They made it to the conference final last season, and we want to continue that success. The winning attitude is great and something we want to take back with us to Edmonton. I’m going to enjoy this experience.”
It should be a treat for Barons fans, too.
- Lundqvist shuts out Red Wings to claim 300th victory 0
- NHL on NBCSN: Hawks know they can’t take Sabres lightly 6
- NHL on NBC: Red Wings, Rangers fight to cling onto playoff spots 2
- Video: Flames score center-ice goal against Canucks’ Lack 17
- Stars believe Lehtonen suffered concussion from Haula collision (update) 22
- Video: Stars retire Mike Modano’s jersey 11
- Rostislav Klesla passes on joining Sabres organization following trade 12
- Ryan Murray has knee surgery, likely done for season 1
- Washington finally signs top prospect Kuznetsov 33
- Roberto Luongo records the shutout in first game back with Panthers 31
- Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers (93)
- BLOCKBUSTER: Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan (82)
- Kings make splash, acquire Gaborik from Columbus (72)
- Report: Canucks want center, top prospect and first-rounder for Kesler (68)
- Steve Moore remains shocked, disgusted about Todd Bertuzzi attack (66)