By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 09/26/2013

Erick Lizon jumped at the chance to sign an AHL contract with the Oklahoma City Barons this offseason. Lizon earned a professional tryout contract from the team in March 2013 and returned to the CHL before Oklahoma City offered an AHL contract this summer.

When asked about the signing this summer, Lizon told his agent the most fun he’s had in his playing career was in Oklahoma City. He’s not the guy that’s going to lead the team in goals, but he can create energy with his physical presence.

"It's exciting to be playing in Oklahoma City where I played five years ago and some last season," Lizon said. "They welcomed me back with open arms. I feel like I can count the players and coaches here. It's a really comfortable place to be."

Lizon enters Barons camp ready to earn his spot on the 2013-14 roster. Once he signed, he started a strength and conditioning program designed by Barons strength coach Kevin Hanlon. He’s also more familiar with his surroundings and some of his teammates this time around.

But, just because he’s a physical player doesn’t mean Lizon is trying to showcase his acquired skill on some of his would-be teammates.

“There’s only 2.5 lines of forwards so my legs are dead after the first 25 minutes, so there’s no fighting coming out of me that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s tough to play in scrimmage games because my game is physical, and I don’t want to hurt the other team’s players because they could be my teammate if I make the team. It’s tough to play my game, but you just try to get a feel for your timing and get ready.”

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