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FIRST TWO BARONS SIGNED TO PLAY IN OKC

By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 07/09/2010

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, agreed to terms with forward Colin McDonald and defenseman Jake Taylor, the Barons front office announced today.

McDonald, a 6-3, 205-pounder from Hartford, Conn. played the majority of last season with the Oilers AHL affiliate, recording 23 points (12-11-23) in 76 games. McDonald, a second-round draft choice of the Oilers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, earned a call up to Edmonton where he appeared in two games, scoring one goal. The fourth-year pro has played nearly his entire career in the AHL, recording 68 points (34-34-68) in 226 games. Prior to turning pro, the 25-year old played four seasons at Providence College, recording 77 points (43-34-77) in 135 games.

Taylor, a 6-4, 225-pound native of Rochester, Minn. played 72 games last season with the Oilers AHL affiliate, recording seven points (0-7-7) and serving 182 penalty minutes. A sixth-round draft choice of the New York Rangers in the 2002 NHL Draft, Taylor has played the majority of his career in the AHL. In 301 AHL games over six seasons, Taylor has recorded 40 points (5-35-40) while serving 676 penalty minutes. Prior to his career in the AHL, he played at the university level at Univ. of Minnesota and in the junior ranks in the United States Hockey League.

McDonald and Taylor are the first two players officially signed to contracts to play for the Barons for the 2010-11 season. Taylor’s 316 professional games makes him a veteran by AHL standards. Each AHL team is allowed to sign five veteran players, plus one exempt player.

The Barons will be the primary development team for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 NHL teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates. The AHL is played in major North American cities such as Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Austin, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Charlotte.

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