Today in the "A", it's time to take a look at the standings in the Western Conference of the AHL. The Falcons don't have to worry about any of these teams in the regular season, and truthfully, they will only have the chance to play against one of them if they should make it all the way to the Calder Cup Finals.
AHL WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS (as of 3/1/12):
|1.||Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)||55||35||15||2||3||75||161||121|
|2.||Toronto Marlies (TOR)||57||32||19||4||2||70||171||138|
|3.||Charlotte Checkers (CAR)||56||31||19||2||4||68||160||150|
|4.||Chicago Wolves (VAN)||56||30||21||2||3||65||157||142|
|5.||Abbotsford Heat (CAL)||56||30||21||3||2||65||136||142|
|6.||San Antonio Rampage (FLA)||57||31||23||2||1||65||144||154|
|7.||Houston Aeros (MIN)||55||26||17||3||9||64||150||149|
|8.||Peoria Rivermen (STL)||58||30||25||2||1||63||172||161|
|9.||Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)||55||29||22||2||2||62||155||144|
|10.||Rochester Americans (BUF)||56||26||21||6||3||61||164||168|
|11.||Lake Erie Monsters (COL)||57||27||25||2||3||59||141||164|
|12.||Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)||53||23||21||5||4||55||171||170|
|13.||Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)||56||25||26||1||4||55||143||172|
|14.||Rockford IceHogs (CHI)||57||24||26||2||5||55||159||185|
|15.||Texas Stars (DAL)||55||24||27||2||2||52||163||179|
The Oklahoma City Barons, are two years removed from their previous affiliate...the Springfield Falcons. The success that the Barons are currently enjoying, and the brash personality of the Oilers, make it appear that before long, the Oilers will once again be challenging for the Stanley Cup.
I'm no Oilers fan, but I wanted to point that out, because with some draft picks stockpiled and with possibly the #1 pick this summer, maybe it's time to look at the big picture and give some thought to where the Blue Jackets might be 2, 3, 4 or 5 years from now.