Kevin Prendergast, on forward prospect Ryan O’Marra:
“He showed the type of player he was when we traded for him.”
Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. A more accurate version of that quote would be as follows:
“We showed what kind of management team we were when we traded Ryan Smyth for Nilsson, O’Marra and a draft pick. Ryan O’Marra showed what kind of player he is by scoring 3 goals in 93 AHL games after we acquired him.”
In fairness to O’Marra, he did by most accounts have a fine training camp. That said, it’ll take more than a few weeks of practice and some exhibition games to erase two years of disappointing results. On top of that, with Robert Nilsson barely hanging on to an NHL career and the revolving door on the top line’s LW, I would have thought the last thing Oilers management would want to do is bring back the memory of the Ryan Smyth trade.