Edmonton Oilers recall Anton Lander, again

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On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Anton Lander had been recalled from the minors on an emergency basis. It’s the second time in four days the team has brought Lander up due to being down to less than 12 forwards.

As we found out last time this happened, the recall doesn’t necessarily mean that Lander will get any NHL game action. The Oilers may have a player who is banged up but a gameday decision, but they can’t wait until the actual day of the game to recall Lander because at that point it would be too late.

Sam Gagner

It’s likely that Lander’s up as insurance for Sam Gagner. He took a hit from Matt Cooke late in the Oilers’ win over Minnesota, and didn’t skate in practice on Wednesday; head coach Dallas Eakins said that he had “tweaked his ankle” and that they felt rest was what was best for Gagner. 

If Gagner can play, it seems probable that the Oilers would return Lander to the minors so as to avoid burning a recall. Edmonton only gets four post-deadline (non-emergency) recalls, and they’ve used two of them (on Philip Larsen and Oscar Klefbom). 

If Gagner can’t play, though, this is a great chance to get a look at Lander in a role other than uber-conservative fourth liner. Gagner’s been playing between Taylor Hall and David Perron, so it’s possible that Lander would plug right into that slot. Alternatively, the top-six could be rejigged, which would leave Lander with two of Hall, Perron, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov. It’s not likely that Boyd Gordon would get bumped out of third line duty, and it’s virtually certain that Ryan Smyth won’t move up. 

So it’s an all or nothing situation. Either Gagner will be well enough to play and Lander will sit, or Lander will have a great chance between quality players to show that he should be in the Oilers’ plans beyond this season. 

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  • vetinari

    Playing Lander on the fourth line and expecting him to turn heads is simply stupid.

    Unless this guy gets a chance to play with a little skill expect nothing!

  • Sevenseven

    I think if Gagner is good to go, play him. The oilers have more to gain by playing him on the top line and him performing well. His trade value should be much higher this summer than at the trade deadline. We can always look at Lander next camp, this is the last chance to showcase Gagner before his NMC kicks in. Good luck to both players, and please play well Gagner! You need a fresh start, and we need a differnt type of player.

    • Anymore wins and we just might be. Whats interesting, is Draisaitl is having a killer 2nd half to his season and has now has more points than Reinhart(granted 4 more games in hands but he’s been narrowing the gaps for weeks regardless). If we can’t get Ekblad it has to be Draisaitl!!

      • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

        With our improved goaltending there’s a pretty good chance well be drafting 5th or 6th ….if Ekblad, Reinhart, Bennett and Draisaitl are gone….who do you pick?……

        • **

          I would say if those guys are gone come the Oilers’ turn, trade the pick. This year’s draft class is relatively weak, I think the team can get better return trading the pick in a package than getting a so so prospect.

          • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

            Easy…. If Ekblad is gone you pick Nick Ritchie from Peterborough……6’3″ 235lbs 18 great skater, hitter,scorer, passer, outstanding fighter, leader……ETC……,,. A way better Zack Kassian/ Milan Lucic!!! Maybe you pick him 1st overall but you pick him before Brian Burke does……….!! Ritchie= REAL DEAL!!! Better than Doan!!!

  • bwar

    I really hope Lander can develop into that 2 way centre that we’ve been hoping for since 2009. I truly believe he can be that guy, and ultimately replace Gagner. I’d rather have 2 2way wingers ala Gordon than 2 scoring forwards. As I said in the last post, goaltending is our strongest position, let’s build from the net out as we should, which means 2way centres…Nuge can create offense along with his 2way play, and he’s only 20. Perfect #1C, and I HOPE Lander can push it for 2nd line C.

  • John Chambers

    Gagner has been playing well and putting up points, and my hope is that he can continue to score and through to the end of the year so that he can return actual value in a trade.

    By the same token I’d like to see Lander get some at-bats as a 2nd line C to see if he’s capable of producing points while providing greater defensive accountability.

    Lander to #2 C, while trading the pick and Gagner for a top pairing D – yes please!

  • Zarny

    I hope they do give him a bump on the second line to see what he can do.

    I also hope they sign a legit second line centre in the off season. Stasny, Legwand, all of the above.

    • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

      Lander= too SMALL! We have enough small players for the whole division on our team! Let’s call up some size and Truculence- Pinnizotto? MacIntyre?

        • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

          Easy…. If Ekblad is gone you pick Nick Ritchie from Peterborough……6’3″ 235lbs 18 great skater, hitter,scorer, passer, outstanding fighter, leader……ETC……,,. A way better Zack Kassian/ Milan Lucic!!! Maybe you pick him 1st overall but you pick him before Brian Burke does……….!! Ritchie= REAL DEAL!!! Better than Doan!!!

          • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

            Not good, if you are comparing him to Zack Kassian, then your playing low on the totem pole. We need a second line centre not a fourth liner, thats what Kassian is in the real world.