The Edmonton Oilers announced the signing of Mark Arcobello this afternoon. Arcobello is a real success story since turning pro, and this season pushed through to his NHL debut. The Oilers have been hesitant to sign rfa’s this spring, so the Arco signing is a pleasant surprise.
Arcobello outhit his RE by a mile (here) and posted some truly impressive numbers. Among them are his boxcars (74, 22-46-68), shots on goal (236, 3rd in AHL). The ideal slot for him would be 1line C in OKC, but I’d suggest Arcobello is also the likely first callup from the Barons as things sit currently. He would certainly be a better choice for 5C at the NHL level than Anton Lander, and with MacT likely sending out Horcoff and Belanger–while bringing in two replacement C’s to play behind Nuge and Gagner–Arcobello is closer to the NHL today than he was a year ago.
He turns 25 in August, plenty of time to have an NHL career.
(photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).