Anton Lander’s chores for Edmonton down the stretch involved a lot of time on the wing and penalty killing. Is that his role for next year? Does he have one? It’s an open question and we may already have part of the answer.
Lander was among the leaders this season in Oilers PK TOI:
This is from BTN and of course there’s a major sample size alert. Still, among those who played significant time on the 4×5, Lander’s number is among the better totals. Is he line to play that role next season?
ANTON LANDER PLAYER CARD
The trouble for me is the offense. I’m a firm believer that if you can hit in AAA you can hit in the majors, but Lander’s problem in the NHL has been even strength scoring and the numbers suggest he isn’t a killer there either.
- Eakins: “If (Lander) is going to play here, he has to be able to play centre, he has to play left-wing and he has to play right-wing. He has to be able to step in on the power play and kill penalties. He has to be able to wear a bunch of different hats.”
I think Lander has shown an ability to deliver on the PK, that goes to dawgbone’s comments in his rookie season. Is it enough? Two things make me wonder. First, I’m wondering where his goals are going to come from. Lander isn’t in offensive positions often, and when he is there’s not much flair. Second, two of the players he’ll be fighting for playing time—Arcobello and Horak—seem to have the offensive edge on Lander.
Put another way, Lander’s glove is fine but his bat is the worry.
- Lander EV in 13-14: 43, 8-14-22 .511
- Lander PP in 13-14: 43, 10-16-26 .605
- Horak EV in 13-14: 53, 14-15-29 .547
- Horak PP in 13-14: 53, 7-12-19 .358
Roman Horak got a late recall and scored a terrific goal in the season’s final game. Anton Lander hasn’t scored a goal since Tom Renney. Is it an issue? I think it is.