In what should be considered both an overdue and justified move, the Edmonton Oilers recalled Anton Lander to the NHL today. As we discussed last night, the elevation of Boyd Gordon to the 2line was a tell from new coach Todd Nelson and Lander’s job may well be that tough minutes/zone start job Gordon has been doing for a year and a half.
This blog has written at length since 2009 about Lander and I think we have him surrounded as a player. Despite not being an offensive player of note, he can make a difference defensively and on the penalty kill. This should be considered a positive move. Edmonton sent down Brandon Davidson to make room for Lander.