The Edmonton Oilers have some skill bubbling under in Oklahoma City. We’ve seen Anton Lander and Mark Arcobello, and hope to see more of Tyler Pitlick. One player who might be an effective 6 or 7 or 9 is Roman Horak. A little under the radar despite a mid-season callup, the young forward is having an impact.
TWENTY THINGS ABOUT ROMAN HORAK (SORTA)
- He’s younger than Anton Lander.
- He was chosen 87 picks later than Lander.
- He’s played more NHL games than Lander.
- Horak’s scouting report pre-draft: Silky, explosive skater can generate plenty of speed in a couple of steps. Possesses considerable one-on-one ability, toying with opponents at times in Czech junior with amazing dekes. Exudes confidence in the offensive zone and can create his own time and space.
- Like Lander, Horak arrived in the NHL far too early and was forced to take a step back in order to collect himself.
- Horak has been traded for Tim Erixon and Ladislav Smid and is only 22.
- Shawn Horcoff didn’t play an NHL game until he was 22.
- When the Oilers dealt for him, I said “I’ve always liked Horak (honestly) and see him as a superior player to most of the depth players employed currently by the NHL team. If he ends up this season as a 4line forward, no one should be surprised. He’s 22, he can take and make a pass (underrated skill and the Oilers need more of them) and has time to develop into a player. We may never hear of him again, but he could end up helping them.”
- Nothing that has happened since changed my mind.
- He took a nice step forward in OKC when they moved him to LW.
- The Oilers currently employ at least two guys on LW who aren’t as good at hockey.
- There have been NHL scouts watching the Barons for some time.
- I thought they might be watching Lander or Arcobello.
- They might have been watching Horak.
- The Oilers need role players, guys who can play a two-way game, don’t cost a lot and chip in 15 goals a year.
- Horak’s NHLE this season is 82GP, 14-15-29.
- Lander’s NHLE this season is 82GP, 16-25-41.
- Arcobello’s NHLE is 82GP, 29-49-78.
- Pitlick’s NHLE is 82GP, 8-13-21.
- The Oilers have developed Colin Mcdonald, Teemu Hartikainen, Linus Omark, Chris VandeVelde, Magnus Paajarvi in OKC since 2010. None made it as Oilers. Will one of Arcobello, Lander, Pitlick or Horak change things?
Horak’s an interesting player. I hope he sees some NHL time after the deadline. (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)