The Edmonton Oilers sent Anton Lander to the minors this afternoon. Lander has seen playing time in the AHL and NHL this season, and there are signs of progress.
- OKC: 18, 9-6-15 45sog
- NHL: 12, 0-0-0 -3
At the AHL level, his offense is emerging (as we discussed this morning) and his NHL numbers show some interesting things beyond the boxcars (Corsi for % not bad the last two games, some penalty-killing duty). I remain convinced he’s exposed because the GM and coach have no loyalty to him (they have more attachment to Horak as an example, or Acton) but you never know.
Has some ability to agitate, isn’t lost in the faceoff circle, can skate well, maybe he has a future. I bet it is elsewhere. His replacement is Roman Horak, and Horak was acquired by the current GM. See how this works? Bah! Thank God my kid isn’t a hockey player. I like that AHL point total, hope he plays 30 more games in the AHL this season.
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