The Oilers recalled Ladislav Smid today. I think it’s fairly likely he’ll see action in the next two or three games based on the most recent performances by Denis Grebeshkov. The Russian has been poor to very poor for much of his time with the Oilers and one would guess he can be safely sent down when Sheldon Souray returns without worrying about losing him to waivers.
All of this means a window of opportunity for Ladislav Smid. Craig MacTavish is looking for solid solutions with both Joni Pitkanen and Souray on the shelf, and Tarnstrom, Staios the ever improving Matt Greene and quality young D Tom Gilbert could use some help.
Mathieu Roy and the now recalled Smid have outstanding opportunities to move up the depth chart in the next few weeks, especially considering Denis Grebeshkov is dead in the water based on performance.