Rourke is 27 years old, with plenty of minor league experience. Rourke was obtained from the New York Islanders on July 5, 2007 along with a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for a second round pick in the 2008 draft.
THAT trade (I believe) was made because the Oilers needed to get their own 2008 third rounder back in order to have their top 3 selections for 2008. Only then could they go ahead and make an offer sheet for Tomas Vanek and then Dustin Penner.
NOTE: I am fairly certain of the facts contained in the two paragraphs above, but would like confirmation. Anyone? Is that your take as well?
In July (part of the reasonable expectations posts), I wrote:
Allan Rourke (27)- He’s played over 400 AHL games and 42 in the NHL (11 last year), so Rourke is certainly a candidate for callup to the Oilers this season. Has size but apparently doesn’t use it enough and his numbers indicate he’s an average offensive player (50gp, 5-15-20) for the AHL level (76 AHL defenders had more than 20 points in 06-07). Reasonable expectations: Veteran AHLer plays tough minutes and helps the prospects develop.
He’s 3-4-7 in 12 AHL games in Springfield and I think NHL teams overlook these grizzled minor league veterans when it makes so much sense to bring them up in exactly these situations. Why play Bryan Young for 38 seconds when you can bring Rourke in and play him as needed without that big a gap in performance? He cannot be that far behind a player like Denis Grebeshkov.
He was a low draft pick (6th rd, TOR) but did get some black ink in junior (99-00 2nd All-Star, OHL) and was once traded for a guy who had a bit of an NHL career (Harold Druken). I don’t think we can expect 25:00 a night and heavy lifting from Rourke, but he’s a reasonable option for the Oilers at this time.