Oilers recalled Ryan O’Marra today. He’s a checking center and a guy who has spent a lot of PK time in the minors. He’s 20, 4-4-8 +5 but wasn’t the callup of choice among Oiler fans. What happened?
Teemu Hartikainen would have been my choice, but he’s out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury (by the way, Taylor Hall’s injury is now 2 to 4 weeks). I mentioned the other day that there were several worthy candidates in OKC and the choice of O’Marra is curious based on box cars.
Some possible reasons they recalled another checking C:
- This move was made as a reward for all the hard work. As you may remember, O’Marra spent a long time in the outhouse with this organization after coming over in the Ryan Smyth trade.
- The organization is serious about players spending years in OKC before getting a callup. This was a featured item in the first Oil Change episode this fall, the organization feeling they needed to impress on young players that the AHL was part of the plan.
- They aren’t going to use Sam Gagner at center in the Renney regime.
- Anton Lander is going to move to the wing for awhile
- A center is injured and we haven’t been told about it.
- A trade is coming (hey, at least I’m consistent).
- They aren’t that high on Phil Cornet as an NHL player.
- They are worried about Gilbert Brule’s waivers.
However, I don’t think it is any of that stuff. No, my theory is that Ryan O’Marra is getting this NHL shot as an agitator/fighter, and that if he is successful then someone else will get sent out. O’Marra has been adding fighting to his resume over the last year or so, and I’m convinced this is the reason he got the call.