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.
- 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.