03/24/2015 12:30 PM
The Oklahoma City (OKC) Barons, AHL affiliates of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, announced this morning the signing of three Brampton Beast players to professional try out contracts (PTOs). Jason Pitton, David Ling and Brett Lyon have all been called up to play for the Barons in tomorrow’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leaf's AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
David Ling brings the most hockey experience to the table of the three, having logged 533 career AHL games where he scored at a 0.88 point-per-game pace, notching a total of 157 goals and 313 assists for 470 points, to go along with 1355 penalty minutes. Ling will suit up as the oldest active player in the AHL, over eighteen months older than Scott Clemmensen of the Albany Devils.
Ling’s last AHL stint came in 2010-2011 where he played 56 games for the Providence Bruins. Several years earlier, the Nova Scotia native was recognized for his leadership qualities, being named as the Syracuse Crunch alternate captain for two seasons in addition to becoming team captain in 2002. Ling also served as an alternate with the St John’s Maple Leafs in 2004, where he logged his best AHL season with 88 points in 80 games.
Ling will be returning to familiar territory tomorrow at Ricoh Coliseum, where he played 71 games in 2007-2008 with the Toronto Marlies. The veteran forward currently leads the Beast in assists (29) and power play points (14) this year, despite being signed midway through the season, and comes to the Barons with a hot stick having scored 28 points in his last 21 games.
Jason Pitton, a 2004 8th round pick of the New York Islanders, first got a taste of AHL action in 2006 when he played 76 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In total, Pitton has played 187 AHL games scoring 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points to go along with 166 PIM. Pitton is currently second on the Beast in goals (22) and points (40) this season, and is tied for third in powerplay points. The Beast’s alternate captain has continued to show a commitment to putting pucks on net this season, also ranking second on the team in shots taken with 164.
Brett Lyon broke into the AHL for the first time last season, spending four games with the Utica Comets and nine with the Abbortsford Heat. In 13 total games, Lyon has yet to score his first point, however he has recorded a respectable 39 penalty minutes, five fighting majors and near-even rating during that span (-1). Lyon leads the ECHL in penalty minutes this season with 288, and has scored six points in his first nine games as a member of the Beast.
The Beast return to action at the Powerade Centre in Brampton this Thursday as they take on the Rapid City Rush on Business Networking Night beginning at 7:00 pm. The Beast are 5-1-0 against former Head Coach Mark DeSantis and the Rush this season, and will be looking to improve upon that record in the three-game series that also includes Star Wars Night on Friday and a special Frozen Musical game Sunday afternoon. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.bramptonbeast.com or call 905-564-1684.