Oilers recall Oesterle and Lander from AHL

Just a couple days from coming out of their NHL mandated one-week break, the Oilers have recalled Anton Lander and Jordan Oesterle from the AHL Condors. Both Oesterle and Lander were sent down after Sunday’s win against the Canadiens in order to get some game action in the AHL over the off week. 

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What does this mean? It likely means that JJ Khaira and Matt Benning won’t be good to go for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks. It could also mean that Kris Russell won’t be ready to play, either. 

Lander and Oesterle played in games for the Condors on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, against the San Diego Gulls, Lander recorded a goal and two shots while Oesterle managed three shots on goal of his own. On Wednesday, against the Ontario Reign, Lander didn’t manage a shot and Oesterle had one. 

Obviously, this isn’t anything more than a simple depth transaction, but one thing to note is that the Oilers don’t play until Saturday, but opted to recall both players on Thursday instead. This paper transaction could have waited two days, but in doing so, both Oesterle and Lander will be paid NHL salaries rather than AHL salaries for two extra days than they would have had the Oilers been shrewd. This doesn’t seem like much, but when you’re one of the guys riding the bus on the farm, it goes a long way. 

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Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers* NHL 21 1 3 4 6 3
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 18 15 13 28 8 13
NHL Totals 214 10 25 35 56


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers* NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 26 3 15 18 6 -2
NHL Totals 24 0 6 6 0

  • Boom or Bust

    Its just crazy that the gap between Landers AHL performance and NHL is so wide. You would think eventually it would click and he would be one heck of addition to the Oilers

      • Big Jacks Meat

        Landers issue has never been skill , rather speed , he can process it fast enough, the legs cant, he needs to see Leons off season trainer.

        One Half step for Lander would be full time NHL

        • Shameless Plugger

          Isn’t skating considered a skill though? Perhaps the most important skill to play hockey?

          I wholeheartedly agree he doesn’t posses enough of that particular skill (right now) to play at the NHL level.

          He needs to ring up Jarrett Stoll who suffered from the same issues as Lander when he first broke into the league. He worked his butt off on his skating stride and it turned out pretty well for him.

          Not over for Anton yet but he needs to put in the work if he wants to be a regular NHL player.

    • someguy

      Lander currently has 214 NHL games under his belt over the last 5 seasons.

      During that time he has produced a whopping 10 goals and 35 points.

      A regular NHL player he is not. He’s an AHL bubble player and that’s it. That’s still better than most of us will do, but he’s had ample opportunity to prove his worth as a regular NHLer and he’s failed.

      He isn’t the first player whose AHL offense doesn’t translate to the NHL and he won’t be the last.

  • Glass

    Throw lander on a line with good line-mates and see what happens. We shouldn’t expect a whole lot from him in how he’s been utilized in the NHL this year.

  • Keepyourstickontheice

    Basically, when Lander doesn’t have to compete against full speed NHLers, his other skills shine.

    Let’s get that man some rocket skates and see what he can do.

  • Big Jacks Meat

    I have had yo-yo’s go up and down less than
    Lander , AHL Life if you are a fringe player must suck with all the travel.

    Need a trade , middling but need a trade.


  • TruthHurts98

    Lander did great under Nelson, I wonder why? Maybe because the team was more offensive minded and not as defensive? Lander could turn out to still be a valuable NHL player, I think with the right skating coach he could be a touch faster, however he’s still an upgrade over Hendricks IMHO.