The Edmonton Oilers’ young stars playing in Oklahoma City during the NHL lockout are showing what all the preseason hype was about.
With Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and rookie defenseman Justin Schultz scoring almost every game, the Barons have collected 11 of 12 possible points their past six games following a 4-2 road win over Charlotte Saturday night.
Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall and Schultz were involved in three of the Barons’ four goals, including three third-period goals to erase a 2-1 second period deficit.
Schultz continues to lead the American Hockey League in scoring with two more assists. The rookie blue liner from Wisconsin University has 25 points, including nine goals.
Eberle, an NHL All-Star last season, scored his eighth and nine goals in Saturday’s win. Eberle is second in the AHL in scoring (23 points).
Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, scored his eighth goal to break a 2-2 tie with 11:47 left in the game. Nugent-Hopkins (20 points) ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring.
Colten Teubert scored his first goal, an empty netter, to close out the scoring.
The Barons’ penalty killing unit has improved dramatically during the 5-0-1 streak. In Saturday’s win OKC twice killed off five-on-three disadvantages.
The Barons’ hot streak has moved the Barons to a tie for third in points in the Western Conference but they’re fourth in the overall standings. Division leaders are listed first, second and third.
Bolstered by a four-game winning streak, Oklahoma City now has 22 points, four behind the Checkers, who lead the South division and are second in the Western Conference standings. The division rivals meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.