On Tuesday, April 4, 1987, Rob Nelson was the opening day starter at first base for the A’s. He played 7 games before getting sent out and by that September was in San Diego. What the hell happened to Rob Nelson’s career in Oakland? Just about the same thing that happened to Linus Omark in Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oilers often talk about “3 scoring lines” but they clearly have no plans to follow through. The Oilers selection process under Tom Renney suggests they think of a 3rd scoring line the way the rest of us think about funeral pre-planning or booking passage to a Turkish prison. It is not, despite miles of verbal that’s been written, a priority for the organization.
The Oilers are old school. They voted against the designated hitter, remember the 80s Oilers as the “team Dave Hunter put over the top” and secretly despise the forward pass.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
It means Omark is going to have to move his Linus down the road in order to have an NHL career. The Oilers have 5 of their top 6 ready to roll in the fall: Hallmark, Crossing Jordan, The Nuge, Samwise and Hemmer.
- No, they’re going to call him up soon? REALLY? REALLY? Who cares? The Oilers–if they were serious about Omark as part of their future–would have called him up shortly after he returned to the OKC lineup. He’s been back since February 9th.
- Maybe they’re waiting? For what? In 10 games since his return, Omark is 4-4-8 +1. It’s obvious they are looking for a sixth forward to play with the skilled guys and all Omark hears are crickets.
- Maybe they’ll lose him to waivers on recall? I don’t think so.
- Well if they call him up and he plays a few games, then they can’t send him back down. GOOD!
- I bet they call him up today after the game. I honestly can’t see any reason to keep Omark on the farm. Bring him up, showcase him in the top 6 and see what he can do. If he plays well, the Oilers might have solved a problem before summer in regard to the top 6F.
- OR, maybe they can ice three scoring lines next year? Don’t make me come over there.