The Edmonton Oilers used the first of their four recall options on Phil Larsen earlier this week. Today, they recalled Oscar Klefbom and Anton Lander on emergency recall. Jonathan Willis has the details.
Willis also makes an interesting point in the same article:
- There’s a belief within the organization that Lander may be a significantly better player than he’s shown to date in the majors, and given that he’s in his final year of waiver exemption the organization needs to determine whether that is in fact the case. It wouldn’t be a surprise, therefore, if he were to play above the fourth line during this major-league stint.
I’ve felt for some time the Oilers were not convinced of Fedun, and the Lander recall gives me pause in regard to Arcobello. The center can’t do more than he has to show Edmonton he can play, so it would appear Lander is the preferred option and that Arcobello will leave via free agency this summer. Although not identical, the recall of Klefbom over Fedun is similar and in some ways more of a tell. The injured player (Jeff Petry) is right-handed, and Fedun would have been a more natural replacement than lefty Klefbom.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Anton Lander is going to get a chance to show what he can do, and maybe up the depth chart. Perhaps he’ll end up on Boyd Gordon’s wing, as we discussed in the offseason. Lander has played in 79 NHL games, Klefbom has not yet appeared in the NHL. He is one of 11 selections from the 2011 draft’s first round yet to play in the league.
(Lander, Klefbom photos by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved)