Linus Omark remains in Oklahoma City. The Oilers have punched tickets for Ryan Jones, Ben Eager and 21-year old Tyler Pitlick, but the Swede is on the tarmac. Omark–now 26–can’t break onto the NHL roster. Why?
First of all, he didn’t impress anyone in training camp. Omark was an early cut and no one spoke about it being a tragedy (including folks like me who believe he has enough ability to warrant an NHL chance).
- Dallas Eakins in training camp: “There’s a number of ways we can load up our forward lines and there will be a great debate as we move forward on how we’re going to do it. Like a number of guys in his spot, he needs to go out and dance with the girl that he brought to prom. Don’t go out there and try to be something you’re not. I don’t think he’s a guy that’s going to go out there and run around and cause problems and be a real pain in the butt, checking guy. He needs to put up some numbers. He needs to be responsible defensively. He’s going to have to compete.”
He didn’t do it in pre-season, and although he leads the Barons in points (7, 3-3-6) others have been called up and Anton Lander was named captain. Omark’s biggest problem? A team with enough depth to choose Nail Yakupov as a replacement option when Taylor Hall gets injured.
Hell’s bells ladies, that’s some unfair competition. I can see Omark having an NHL career, but it isn’t here. The AHL club houses the 6′s and 7′s and 9′s, and the NHL Jacks and Kings are future giants sprinting towards greatness.
It’s a comedy, unless you’re Linus. Godspeed, young man. Godspeed.