The Oilers recalled Liam Reddox today. It’s a bit of a surprise in that there were a few forwards who had played well enough to get the call, among them Keith Partridge (10 assists) and Ryan Potulny (8 goals).
A clue may come from a quote from last season. Falcons coach Kelly Buchberger was quoted as saying “night in and night out, he’s been our Ryan Smyth. He goes to the net all the time. He’s used in every situation.”
I suspect that’s the reason for the recall. Schremp, Potulny, even a player like Trukhno who has a wider range of skills, all of those players appear to offer more lumber than leather.
Reddox would appear to be a 4line role player who can help the big club in a defined role outside the top 6F.
Reddox was called up as Ladislav Smid was placed on IR. This means the Oilers will roll 6D and make an emergency callup in case of injury.
As an aside, I believe the best F in Springfield this season has been Gilbert Brule and if not for his being very close to the line re: waiver eligibility he would definitely be the first callup.
Which begs the question: what are they waiting for?