The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Martin Marincin and Roman Horak from Oklahoma City. No word on injuries or anyone being sent down, but the club certainly has a lot of candidates who could sit on merit (despite the Winnipeg game).
Marincin played his first NHL games earlier this season, and Horak has quite a bit of NHL experience. I ran the Barons NHL equivalencies earlier today at ON and both men are having good seasons. Horak has played both center and wing during his time in the NHL (82, 5-13-18 all with Calgary) and is a solid two-way prospect.
At 22, Horak has plenty of time to establish himself as an NHL player. If he is drawing in for someone, candidates would be 3 and 4line Centers (Lander) and 3 and 4line left wingers (Smyth and Gazdic). We tremble at the thought of someone higher up the food chain being injured.
Marincin could draw in for Belov, Ference or Nick Schultz. I should also mention the trade freeze ends at midnight Dec 27, it’s important because I’ve been calling a 3-for-1 since 2006 fall and don’t want to be caught napping. Is there a top pairing defenseman on the way? A post-Christmas gift?