The Edmonton Oilers won’t get much for him, but according to reports Linus Omark has NHL teams interested based on strong play in Europe.
Omark’s season is going well in Zug, and in that report there’s a mention of possible Red Wing interest. Lyle Richardson also wrote about Omark’s season and possible future, but also says the Oilers shouldn’t expect much in return. Longtime readers of this blog will know I was onside with keeping Omark as an Oiler and its still the best plan available, but there’s no real chance of that happening. Maybe Krueger or MacT are curious about him, but beyond that Hail Mary its a fait accompli.
The Oilers will employ Darcy Hordichuk, Lennart Petrell and Ben Eager if they play in the new year, but Omark is on the outside looking in. I hope Omark gets hired in Detroit and spends a decade there. He is a flawed player but there’s talent there.
He’s not the only one from the Oilers “KP era” drafts to post some good numbers during the season’s first half:
- Jussi Markkanen 16, 2.92 .907 with Zug (Swiss)
- Jesse Niinimaki 20, 2-9-11 with Ilves Tampere (SM-Liiga)
- Jonas Almtorp 32, 4-5-9 with Linkoping (SEL)
- Marc Pouliot 30, 5-22-27 with Biel (Swiss)
- Colin McDonald 25, 4-16-20 with Bridgeport (AHL)
- Mikhail Youkow 30, 2-7-9 with Moscow Spartak (KHL)
- Zack Stortini 23, 0-1-1 with Hamilton (AHL)
- Dragan Umicevic 3, 0-3-3 with Assat (SM-Liiga)
- Mathieu Roy 27, 6-7-13 with Hamburg (Germany)
- Rob Schremp 6, 1-9-10 with Salzberg (Austria)
- Liam Reddox 28, 4-5-9 with Vaxjo (SEL)
- Tyler Spurgeon 17, 6-3-9 with Klagenfurt (Austria)
- Slava Trukhno 34, 17-18-35 with Zagreb (Austria)
- Fredrik Pettersson 32, 6-4-10 with Donbass (KHL)
- Cody Wild 25, 4-14-18 with Wheeling (ECHL)
- Alexander Bumagin 33, 9-16-25 with Novukuznetsk (KHL)
- Sam Gagner 18, 10-8-18 with Klagenfurt (Austria)
- Riley Nash 27, 3-10-13 with Charlotte (AHL)
- Linus Omark 29, 12-31-43 with Zug (Swiss)
That isn’t everyone but a nice reflection of Prendergast’s players and where they are now. Omark’s kicking ass, no doubt.