Yesterday, Jason Gregor (via Terry Jones via Jack Michaels) gave us the word on what makes Linus Omark happy.
The story is up on the EJ this morning, with Omark’s complete quote to Mr. Michaels. He’s not going to OKC–waiver eligible now–and according to Jim Matheson the team will qualify him and then look to offload the gifted Swede over the summer.
I imagine the Oilers will be content with a mid-round pick in exchange for him, giving another NHL team a wonderful opportunity to get extreme value from a long shot draft selection.
- Teemu Hartikainen 6.01, 215
- Curtis Hamilton 6.02, 206
- Magnus Paajarvi 6.03, 200
- Tyler Pitlick 6.02, 195
- Taylor Hall 6.01, 194
- Anton Lander 6.0, 194
- Jordan Eberle 6.0, 185
- Sam Gagner 5.11, 191
- Linus Omark 5.10, 174
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6.01, 171
There is a way to use Linus Omark–he has some nice things, including being tough along the wall and in puck battles–but the Oilers have other options and despite verbal there are no plans to roll "3 scoring lines."
I would guess Omark finds a place to play in the NHL, and would bet on him being an effective player. The Oilers have sent away a lot of kids since 2007 fall and Omark will be the latest in a long line.
I think he’s probably the most naturally talented player Edmonton has flushed in a long time. Call me crazy, but that seems to be a really bizarre thing to do.