By George Darkow, OKC Barons on 06/02/2014

It’s difficult to say what the Barons’ 2013-14 season would have been without the likes of Mark Arcobello.

Though he began the season with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, Arcobello was reassigned to Oklahoma City in February and made an immediate impact, tallying at least a single point in all 15 games he played until injury ended his season in mid-March.

During his month-and-a-half-long stint with the Barons, Arcobello helped catapult Oklahoma City into a playoff position, as the team compiled a record of 11-4-0-2 during that span. Along with Matthew Ford and Anton Lander, Arcobello helped establish a fierce power play forward line that accounted for much of the Barons’ scoring in the second half of the season.

In addition to the Barons’ success, Arcobello’s personal 15-game point streak set a franchise record, and gave the four-year veteran from Milford, Conn. something to build on for the future.

“It was a big year,” Arcobello said. “I got a chance to play in the NHL, which was great for my confidence and my career, and coming back down here and being able to contribute right away was big too.  Overall it was a good year and I hope to only move forward.”

A fan favorite in OKC, Arcobello earned the adoration of Barons’ faithful for his stellar play in 2014. Also taking notice of his on-ice performance was parent club Edmonton, which signed the winger to a one-year contract extension in late March.

“It’s just another opportunity and I’ve got to put the work in this summer and come to camp ready,” he said. “It’s going to be the same as it was this year – I’m going to have to earn my spot and do whatever work is necessary (in Edmonton).”

With a new contract under his belt, the end of the season doesn’t necessarily mean a summer of rest and relaxation for an aspiring NHL star like Arcobello. After being sidelined for the final two months of the season, Arcobello knows he’s got some work to do to stay ahead of the game.

“Since I’ve been hurt I’ve had a few weeks off already,” Arcobello said. “I’m going to head back to Connecticut and start training probably in the next couple of weeks and get right back in the swing of things.”

Under his new one-way contract, which stipulates no fluctuation in pay regardless of whether he plays in Edmonton or Oklahoma City in upcoming season, Arcobello has no qualms about possibly adding to the four years he’s spent in the Sooner State. Though his ultimate goal is to become a fixture in the NHL, Arcobello is satisfied with the respect he’s earned from Barons fans and the lifestyle Oklahoma City has offered him. 

“It’s a great city,” he said. “It’s a great city to play in and to live in.  I love it here.  Fans have been great to me all four years and I really enjoy my time here.”


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