Word tonight that the Edmonton Oilers have sent out Theo Peckham. He’ll join the Springfield Falcons and won’t make the trip west with the big club. Peckham didn’t play well during this callup, owing to a pre-season injury and no training camp. Not to overstate the issue, but the Oilers have a tremendous number of young defensemen coming through the system and this would have been a very good time for Peckham to establish himself at the NHL level.
That slot has been earned by Taylor Chorney this fall; next training camp it will be Chorney was has established himself with this team and this coach. Jeff Petry will turn pro, Alex Plante and Johan Motin will have one year’s experience at the pro level, and Pat Quinn will still be waiting to see Theo Peckham at his best.
I don’t think this season’s first two months will heavily impact Peckham’s career, but it gives us another example of how much injury impacts these young prospects and especially young defenders. It’s a very hazardous career.