Little wonder they allowed the Hawks to grab the Butterfly goalie (that was a bad thing when Tony Esposito was trying to make it) almost 40 summers ago.
There’s a legendary Habs story surrounding Sam Pollock and a Montreal goalie. The Canadiens were struggling one season 40 some years ago and Pollock “took a little trip” to the farm and found Rogie Vachon (in the Houston Appollos uniform) despite saying he was looking for scoring when he got on the jet.
I think many Oiler fans are going to be disappointed with the callup today or tomorrow. Unless the Oilers pull a “Sam Pollock” it looks like the club is going to bring up a physical player who can crash and bang.
Among the possibles in that area are Gilbert Brule, who is having a very nice start to the AHL season but may have to stay all season if recalled (he’s close to the waiver requirement in terms of games and could be eligible for waivers on the way back down), Theo Peckham who could take Jason Strudwick’s slot on the blue and allow him to move up to the wing (ala Ladislav Smid), Guillaume Lefebvre who is tied for 17th in AHL pims and apparently effective in the physical forward role.
Most fans (I suspect) would like to see Rob Schremp or Ryan Potulny get the call to the show but that doesn’t look like it’ll happen.
There’s also (imo) a possibility the Oilers recall two and send out a roster player who isn’t delivering the required goods. Candidates might be Zack Stortini, Jason Strudwick and Kyle Brodziak. As a Marc Pouliot fan, I’m always keenly aware he isn’t a MacT “chosen one” and could also see the waiver wire.
If they do make a change and callup two, Rob Schremp might be the other guy. He’s played very well offensively of late and the Oilers have already (called up or pluck off waivers) brought in 3 (Steve MacIntyre, Liam Reddox and Jason Boulerice) ahead of Hockey Jesus since opening night.
Any guesses? I’ll go with Gilbert Brule. Buddy has played well and loves to hit people. I also think it’s a mistake to devote another roster spot to a one dimensional crash and bang type. The Oilers need as many actual players as they can get and right bloody now. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they callup Theo Peckham based on quality of recent play.