Linus Omark has earned another NHL shot – either with the Edmonton Oilers or somewhere else

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Omark numbers

The following table shows NHL equivalency numbers ( courtesy of Gabriel Desjardins ) for the league he played the most time in over that period. It’s not like Omark is reluctant, either: he wants to play in the NHL. His agent has received offers from teams in both the Swiss league, where Omark played this season, as well as in the KHL, where he has played previously. Omark, however, is waiting first to see if he will get an opportunity in the NHL . The trouble for Omark is that the NHL opportunity is far from certain. The Oilers own Omark’s rights, but it seems clear that the team is aiming at getting bigger, not smaller, and so despite the fact that Omark is a tenacious player he likely isn’t in the plans. Most teams prefer to employ an “energy” fourth line which is long on bang and crash and short on scoring skill; whether that approach is the right one is debatable (the most effective fourth line in recent Oilers history was the Brodziak, Glencross, Stortini trio, but often forgotten is that Brodziak and Stortini also enjoyed a measure of success with Robert Nilsson when briefly put together as a line) but for a lot of teams that fourth line serves as a place to make up for size/nastiness shortfalls elsewhere in the lineup. Conventional wisdom suggests that the Oilers fall into that category of team. That leaves open the possibility of a trade or offer sheet (most likely the former), but a similar problem arises. Omark had chemistry with Red Wings players; on the other hand Tom Renney is an assistant coach there and seemed to make his mind made up about Omark in 2011-12. There are teams out there desperate for offence (Nashville and Florida and Phoenix all come to mind), but they would need to be interested enough to make a trade worth the Oilers’ time. Under Steve Tambellini that did not happen; it may be he was not proactive enough or it may simply be that there wasn’t a market (there’s also a midpoint possibility that should not be discounted; there may have been a market but one where the return was not high enough to interest Tambellini). source:

Avalanche win NHL Draft Lottery; Oilers to select seventh

The 2013 NHL Draft will take place at Prudential Center in Newark. All seven rounds of the Draft will take place Sunday, June 30th starting at 3 p.m. ET. TSN will televise the Draft live in Canada and RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network presents live coverage starting at 3 p.m. ET, while NHL Network in the U.S. continues live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET. FEATURED STORIES 50/50 is the official Web site of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. The Edmonton Oilers and are trademarks of Rexall Sports Corp. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. source:

MacKinnon: Edmonton Oilers tired of explaining what went wrong

Given the lack of goaltending depth in the organization, the Oilers will be in the market for a goalie or two, whether they choose to re-sign 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin or not. Krueger lavished praise on both Dubnyk and Khabibulin during his exit media conference, that’s for sure. The organizational clock on the Oilers rebuild started in February 2010, making this just over three years of renovation. The fans, and a rump group of veteran players, though, have been around longer than that. How long, captain Shawn Horcoff was asked, might it take for Oilers management to acquire the necessary components to be a team capable of going on another long playoff run. “I hope it’s not long,” the 34-year-old Horcoff said. “I’m not getting any younger. “It really is time. Our young (core) guys … are not kids anymore. source:


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