The Edmonton Oilers gave Anton Lander a start last night, meaning (I believe) three of the four allowed call-ups are now burned. Phil Larsen, Oscar Klefbom and now Lander are three of the four, with several quality candidates still available for the final recall.
BARONS SCORING SINCE JANUARY FIRST
- Anton Lander 25, 9-24-33
- Mark Arcobello 14, 10-17-27
- Brad Hunt 24, 7-20-27
- Roman Horak 28, 12-15-27
- Matt Ford 28, 9-10-19
- Tyler Pitlick 22, 7-8-15
- Taylor Fedun 28, 4-10-14
- Steve Pinizzotto 22, 4-8-12
- Will Acton 27, 6-5-11
- Austin Fyten 19, 4-6-10
- CJ Stretch 25, 4-5-9
- Martin Gernat 25, 3-6-9
- Brandon Davidson 28, 3-6-9
- Jack Combs 20, 5-3-8
- David Musil 27, 1-6-7
- Oscar Klefbom 18, 1-5-6
- Travis Ewanyk 23, 2-3-5
- Ryan Hamilton 10, 3-1-4
- Andrew Miller 5, 1-2-3
- Curtis Hamilton 12, 2-1-3
Call-ups in bold and italics. Looking at the list, the obvious choice for final call-up is Mark Arcobello. However, we spoke a little while ago about the rfa and ufa situation in OKC, and it appears to me that the Oilers have:
- made their decision on Mark Arcobello
- are legitimately intrigued by Anton Lander’s offense
- feel Oscar Klefbom is close/ready
- don’t have any thoughts about Taylor Fedun as an NHL player
Which brings us to the final group, Tyler Pitlick versus Roman Horak. Based on everything we read, Horak is the more responsible two-way guy and a better offensive option. I do think there’s a player here, but it’s more likely he’ll get a full chance to impress during TC next fall. Tyler Pitlick is the guy I’d bet (unless they need a defenseman due to injury) on getting the call.
He might even get some shifts with skill, or possibly a start at center. The Oilers have to use these final weeks as an audition for some of their young prospects. They are getting a look at Klefbom and Lander, with Pitlick, Horak, Taylor Fedun and Mark Arcobello waiting for their chance.
Reading the tea leaves, I think we can conclude this morning that the organization has already made a decision on Arco and Fedun. Pitlick’s time is close.
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