OILERS RECALL ARCOBELLO

Jason Gregor
February 05 2013 01:31PM

The Oilers have recalled centre Mark Arcobello and he will dress tomorrow night v. Dallas.

Arcobello played College at Yale and was undrafted. He split the 2010/2011 season between Stockton in the ECHL and the OKC Barons in the AHL.

He tallied 17 goals and 43 points in 73 games in OKC last season, before adding 5 goals and 13 points in 14 playoff games.

This year he's been much more productive scoring 14 goals and 39 points in 43 games.

He is not a big or physical centre standing 5'9", 170 pounds, but he has good hockey sense according to Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle and the Oilers decided to recall him over Chris Vande Velde.

Arcobello is the best forward in OKC right now, so he's been reward, but I also think the Oilers recalled him because they are hoping he can add more offence than Vande Velde.

QUICK HITS

  • Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Tim Connolly and David Steckel have been tossed around the last 18 hours after it was announced that Shawn Horcoff has a broken knuckle.
     
  • Ask Leafs fans what they think of Steckel. Yes he is a big body who has won faceoffs in the past, but his skating and his unwillingness to play big are a concern. He's only taken 18 faceoffs in 4 games with the Leafs this year and he only won 6 of them.
     
  • The last thing the Oilers need is an injury-prone and expensive player like Connolly. Arnott failed his medical with the New York Rangers due to an old, wonky knee and Morrison likely isn't in game shape, which is why they went with Arcobello.
     
  • With Horcoff out for at least six weeks, it is reasonable to think that Steve Tambellini might try and pull off some sort trade, but I'm not surprised he didn't rush and make one in time for tomorrow's game.
     
  • Theo Peckham and Ralph Krueger had a one-on-one meeting today that was initiated by Peckham. With Fistric going down, I wonder if we will see Peckham sooner than later. Reports of him being ridiculously out of shape are in accurate. His weight, body fat % and testing wasn't much different than 2012 I was told.
     
  • Fistric is listed as day-to-day, but he won't play against his former team tomorrow and will be questionable for Detroit on Saturday.
     
  • The Oilers powerplay needs to recognize that teams are standing them up at the blueline. The Oilers were very stubborn last night with their unwillingness to dump the puck in on the PP. The Canucks continually stood them up and forced turnovers. The Oilers will need to adjust better v. Dallas.
     
  • Also look for the top-two lines to be switched. I'd switch Yakupov and Hall...Put Gagner and Hemsky with Hall and then Yakupov with Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. I'd put 4/89/83 out for tough minutes. Hemsky has faced tough competition most of his career.

UPDATE: Theo Peckham has been re-assigned to OKC and will play Friday and Saturday.

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#51 2004Z06
February 05 2013, 03:26PM
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Interesting prospect Phixieus but is he ready for the big show?

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#52 Oil99
February 05 2013, 03:28PM
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I question oilers drafting why didn't they draft Boone Jenner in second round 6'2" and 220??? Oilers were rebuilding last 3 yrs how many centremen they drafted??? Answer is zero.

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#53 2004Z06
February 05 2013, 03:32PM
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Eastcoast....I agree at worst he would be Horc's replacement, but I still believe he could be a second.

Oil 99. Precisely why I say the tough call will need to be made to acquire one.

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#54 Jason
February 05 2013, 03:36PM
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@lolhockey

Re: Brandon Dubinsky.

He's the perfect guy for the Oilers. I've wanted him for years.

Only thing is, I think you'd have to give up some pretty major assets to acquire him. And while his contract is cheaper than Horcoff's, it still might be too rich for the Oilers 3C position with the reduced cap next year. Might be better to revisit this in the summer.

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#55 Phixieus666
February 05 2013, 03:38PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Interesting prospect Phixieus but is he ready for the big show?

Looks very close if not already there. I believe hes almost at a point a game in the AHL for the season. Constantly led his University team. In a lot of ways hes like J Schultz. At any rate I think right now he is a better option than either CVV or Arcobello not to mention his size and physical play are much needed by the Oilers. If you could trade say Peckham/Potter or comparable forward, a second and a third would it make sense? Or say Whitney and a third. I really think this is the kind of player the Oil should target. Just started his entry level contract, right in the same age range as all the other guys. I would try and find a way to make it happen.

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#56 gr8one
February 05 2013, 03:41PM
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Dominic Moore. Stopgap.

Sign UFA Getzlaf in the offseason.

Yes plz.

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#57 Mac962
February 05 2013, 03:46PM
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book¡e wrote:

No, you don't really understand hockey because you noted that Seguin is a better player right now, that Taylor Hall can be 'read like a book', and finally you asked a question about the basic rules of hockey akin to someone asking "What is icing".

I am glad I make you laugh, you sound like you need some joy in your life. It must be hard carrying that chip around on your shoulder.

My job doesn't really have breaks or days off. Outside of having to be at certain meetings, I can work when I want. Lots of professional positions are like this.

I guess I should apologise for my tone. It's just that sometimes things get a bit ridiculous around here. Taylor Hall is +3, has 9 points in 9 games, and is playing against the other team's top lines at the age of 21. Yesterday, he and his linemates outplayed the Sedin's and a few days ago, they outplayed Thornton's line. How people end up making comments such as Taylor Hall is 'one dimensional' is beyond me. I recognize that your statement was less critical than the Clown's statement, but still it doesn't seem in any way to reflect the reality of the game that we are seeing on the ice.

Are we good now ? No more insults ? In fairness, Seguin plays on a much superior team in the Bruins. Hall is the leader on this team and i expect will have his name and number hanging from the rafters one day. It was just my opinion at this point i feel Seguin is the better player. Remember, these two guys were neck and neck, so its no insult.

PS - Your hockey knowledge needs improvement. There are not any Sundin's in the NHL any longer. Oh, you meant Sedin's ! tsk tsk, better sharpen up Bro. Lol

Just kidding...

Life is good, real good, that chip on my shoulder set me up nice.

Go Oilers !! :-)

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#58 Phixieus666
February 05 2013, 03:48PM
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gr8one wrote:

Dominic Moore. Stopgap.

Sign UFA Getzlaf in the offseason.

Yes plz.

You can't afford a player like Getz. Hes going to ask for 7mill+.

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#59 The Soup Fascist
February 05 2013, 04:02PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Richard Cloutier wrote an article about players the Oilers should consider looking into. Very interesting player on that list Brock Nelson. I also think this should be a guy the Oilers look into. If he could be had for a prospect/low roster player and a pick, it could be a really good move.

Is an interesting guy. Surprised to find he is a member of the Christian hockey family. Note, by that I don't mean that they area a bunch of bible thumpers, but that they are the hockey stick manufacturers and his grandpa / uncle won gold medals for the US in 1960 and 1980, respectively.

Good pedigree / 1st rounder. Just signed with the Isles though - given his size and age, why you think he goes cheap?

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#60 Phixieus666
February 05 2013, 04:07PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Is an interesting guy. Surprised to find he is a member of the Christian hockey family. Note, by that I don't mean that they area a bunch of bible thumpers, but that they are the hockey stick manufacturers and his grandpa / uncle won gold medals for the US in 1960 and 1980, respectively.

Good pedigree / 1st rounder. Just signed with the Isles though - given his size and age, why you think he goes cheap?

Hes not a proven NHLer or an elite prospect, probably a 3rd line center but maybe can make it as a 2nd liner. I think its fair to offer Whitney and a third or second for him.

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#61 Mark-LW
February 05 2013, 04:11PM
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book¡e wrote:

Your final question demonstrates how little you know or care about hockey, as did both your and Yak be...'s comments about Hall. Hall is playing at a point per game pace right now, is better defensively than nearly everyone else on the team and is driving the play forwards. Is he still developing as a player and does he sometimes make mistakes - yes, but asking 'what has he done?' is akin to saying "I don't really understand hockey at all, but I like to comment on ie".

What book¡e said.

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#62 The Soup Fascist
February 05 2013, 04:21PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Hes not a proven NHLer or an elite prospect, probably a 3rd line center but maybe can make it as a 2nd liner. I think its fair to offer Whitney and a third or second for him.

If that gets him - great. He just sounds a lot like Kyle Okposo when he was that age and I know the Oilers offered a lot but the Islanders would not consider moving him. If they covet big skilled U.S. born forwards, not sure this guy can be had for a UFA who looks like his game has left him and a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Plus Nelson is a center.

As indicated, a great candidate and I like the guy's profile - just not sure why the Isles would be anxious to part with him. Never hurts to ask, I suppose.

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#63 Mac962
February 05 2013, 04:24PM
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Mark-LW wrote:

What book¡e said.

Good one, what's the matter, you lack the intelligence to come up with something on your own ? Yeah , what he said ! duh... Good one Mark-LW ! You need a dictionary to find some big words ? Should be one one your I-phone.

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#64 michael
February 05 2013, 04:30PM
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If Marc Arcobello ever desired a chance to be an nhl player the opportunity has presented itself in spades.His early success with Hall and Eberle in OKC has written him a ticket to the big show. If I am Krueger I line him up with Hall and Ebs.

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#65 washed up
February 05 2013, 04:45PM
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Ganger + pick/prospect to Florida for Peter mueller

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#66 Bonvie
February 05 2013, 05:37PM
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washed up wrote:

Ganger + pick/prospect to Florida for Peter mueller

Florida fans trolling in here?

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#67 DSF
February 05 2013, 07:02PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

can we not just sit back and enjoy the fact that gagner is tied with the leading scorer of the mighty wild and outscoring everyone on the fabled florida panthers right now?

how is kyle wellwood fairing these days?

How much would you be willing to wager that Gagner finishes with more points than Parise?

Get back to me and we'll arrange the stakes and your method of payment.

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#68 Ystoil
February 05 2013, 08:04PM
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I think the oilers should make a deal for a centre but long term. As mentioned earlier, Brock Nelson would be a good candidate from the islanders. Maybe a klefbom straight up for Nelson would be the core of the trade. Thoughts?

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#69 Rocket
February 05 2013, 09:27PM
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Taylor vs. Tyler = apples vs. oranges.

Gagner vs. Parise = apples vs. jumbo jets.*

If Gagner plays half as well as Parise, without the anchor of a contract, then it's worth it.

*Thank you Chuck Klosterman*

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#70 washed up
February 05 2013, 09:54PM
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@Bonvie

Not really, Mueller brings size down the middle something the oilers need.

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#71 2004Z06
February 05 2013, 09:58PM
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Guys....! Read the posts! No one is saying Hall is a bad player, and I didn't say Bobby Ryan was better or worse than Hall. All we are discussing is that at some point, the Oilers will need to make a tough decision regarding one of these young stars. They will have to trade one of them to acquire a big strong power forward. I am suggesting a center. The discussion is around which would get you the most in return.

It is a simple discussion and only "meatheads" resort to name calling. What are you 12?

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#72 2004Z06
February 05 2013, 10:02PM
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No one is commenting on Arcobello's "cup of coffee" as a reason to trade Hall. My god. Read first, think, then respond!

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#73 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
February 05 2013, 10:22PM
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@2004Z06

I'm gonna bust your balls here a little. Re read your original post and ask yourself if it wasn't asking for the types of responses you're getting. The problem with Internet forums is there are no tones to how you say things. The reader can interpret it however they interpret it. Yes a lot of the times it's very different than what the original poster's intent.

Also you can't crucify people for name calling and in the same sentence indirectly call them "meatheads"

Take your own advice, read first, think, then respond.

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#74 Dog Train
February 05 2013, 10:54PM
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I'm a little but surprised but Arco got the call instead of VV given the role he is filling. That said, we haven't had much scoring from out bottom 6 so maybe he can add some creativity in the short term.

If Belanger isn't back soon then something will need to get done in order to shore up the centre position because we are dangerously thin.

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#75 Curcro
February 06 2013, 12:43AM
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@Jason Gregor "Ask Leafs fans what they think of Steckel. Yes he is a big body who has won faceoffs in the past, but his skating and his unwillingness to play big are a concern. He's only taken 18 faceoffs in 4 games with the Leafs this year and he only won 6 of them."

You need to do some research before making comments.

He won faceoffs last year, that was technically 5 games ago. His first two games of the season were 20-30% faceoff games, since then he has been above water in the circle. Even good centres have bad games, you name a centre and I can find more than one 30% or lower game each season.

1) He is still winning faceoffs.

I took the liberty of doing some hard yards and watching each one of Steckel's shifts in a few games to see what how he was doing. Not too difficult given how much he is being used.

Against the Bruins he beat Chara & Boychuk with SPEED. He never looked out of place due to speed, he may not be the best skater, but he definitely didn't look out of place.

2) His skating is adequate.

Then I checked out his physical play, he blocked more shots per minute of play than any forward on the Leafs. He was finishing his checks and taking the body - wasn't explosive hits, but more hits than the official scorer credits him for. Then I looked at his play in tight and he won 60% of the loose puck battles I saw.

3) His physical play is adequate.

The point is that he would be an adequate replacement for Horcoff and Belanger. The Leafs fans may not like him - but so what, they don't like Kessel either, and he would be an useful addition on any team.

I maintain the Oiler can get him for a reasonable price - draft pick, minor leaguer or plugger. (I wonder if they might take Hordichuk :))

The other thing you may not notice about Steckel is he is not playing with quality linemates.

DISCLAIMER: I don't think Steckel is the answer to making the playoffs, I just think of the choices that maybe available he is the best to fill a hole.

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#76 Hair bag
February 06 2013, 12:17PM
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Tkachev wrote:

yay... bandaid solution. can we finally make a big-deal trade that will deliver the tough, gritty play we need? new faces, same old oilers i guess.

Easier said than done.....you have to have a trading partner to make trade

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#77 2004Z06
February 06 2013, 12:26PM
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So RNH is out with a shoulder injury again....Can we trade for a big durable center now? I still think Hall's shoulder isn't 100% either.

Before anyone loses their minds, I am not suggesting trading RNH.

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