According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the former Oilers is back on the waiver wire after spending less than a week with the Ducks. After being picked up, Aberg was able to get himself into the Ducks’ season opener, but he obviously didn’t make a great first impression as they’ve decided to part ways, or at least, send him to the AHL. That’s not a great look for a guy on his third NHL team.
After being picked up on the waiver wire from the Oilers early last week, Aberg looked like he found himself a pretty good landing spot with the Ducks. Rather than going to the Condors, he had a chance to stick with what will likely be a competitive team in the Pacific Division, and more importantly for him, a team in the NHL. I thought that maybe a new home was what he needed since he was never able to win back the trust of the Oilers’ coaching staff after missing practice in Florida at the end of the last season. Clearly, he wasn’t part of the Oilers plans moving forward so seeing him land in Anaheim looked like it was going to be another fresh start for the 24-year-old Swede to save his NHL career. Instead, he got into only one regular season game and that was it. Back on the waiver wire he goes.
Now that he’s available to anyone that wants to take a chance on him, I’m really curious to see if anyone actually gives him another chance. The guy is clearly skilled, you can see it in the goal he scored for Nashville in the playoffs a couple years ago, but there’s obviously something missing there. I don’t know whether the guy can’t get his mind wrapped around what it takes to be an NHL player or if he’s not actually as good as those flashes have led us to believe. Regardless of what the answer is, the guy is running out of opportunities to get his career on track and he’s at a real risk of disappearing under the rock of obscurity. And it’s too bad, ya know? I had hoped that he was going to be able to play and provide some skilled depth, but not it seems more likely that Europe will come calling sooner than later.
Anyway, I saw Friedman’s tweet and thought it was interesting that Aberg is back on waivers so soon after being picked up. What do you guys think? Happy Thanksgiving!
ABERG’S CAREER SO FAR
Source: Elliotte Friedman, Sportsnet, 10/7/2018 – 9:22 am MT