The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Anton Lander from Oklahoma City today. Lander is scoring well (for him) in the AHL (8, 2-4-6) and should get a spot in the lineup Saturday.
I think we can probably begin the discussion about Lander as a long term option, though. I know the organization has always been strong on him (he was recently named captain) but he lost a battle for the 4C job and he was drafted in 2009–sooner or later you have to head north as a prospect/player.
So, I think there are some options. He could serve as a reasonable 4line L who can play center and penalty kill (that’s a very strong fit for the current Oilers). Or, they could decide to put him in the lineup at 4C and send Acton down (I don’t see this happening, to my eye Acton has been a suitable player in that role).
Or, they can trade him. I think that’s a real possibility sometime before the draft. This is an important time for Anton Lander as a prospect. Not quite last chance Texaco, but you can see the lights from here.