The Edmonton Oilers signed Charles Linglet to a contract today and called him to the show. It tells us all kinds of things (like Eberle isn’t coming to the Oilers this year, Trukhno is never going to get the call) and the most important might be that the procurement department is going to make a change in direction at the minor pro level.
Linglet was a Falcons signing (they seem to be better at identifying useful AHL players than our guys) and at 6.02, 212 has good size and soft hands (74 points in 75 AHL games this season).
He’s played in 324 AHL games (scoring 31 goals in a season once) and at age 27 looks like he’ll start his fist NHL game this weekend. He’s a guy who might get a chance to compete for a job in the fall on a team that has some holes on the portside, and at the very least be a strong option for the Okla City club and a potential callup for 10-11.
I think it indicates a few things: first, the AHL team next season will be stronger, with more proven talents like Linglet. Second, because of that the quality of the recall list will be stronger, and finally the climb to the NHL for prospects will be a little tougher beginning in the fall.
Perhaps too much read into this one signing and perhaps this is merely a reaction to a player like Ryan Potulny having such a big impact on the organization. Either way, it should be considered good news for the hockey club.