The Edmonton Oilers have invited enforcer Kevin Westgarth to training camp. Word leaked out this afternoon, leading some to wonder where that puts Luke Gazdic in terms of recovery and readiness.
It’s a legit question (the Gazdic recovery timeline) and at 6.04, 234 he’s certainly going to get some attention during the pre-season. It’s funny, the Oilers began the week raving about young Vladimir Tkachev and now we find out that Westgarth gets an invite. Maybe they’re looking for one of those “sublime to ridiculous” photos?
Nah. My guess is the Oilers remain convinced enforcers have their use, and honestly Westgarth’s resume does strike me as being solid based on other options. He’s a poor possession player but you knew that without clicking. As these players go, I think he’s probably one of the better ones. Will he play a regular season game in Edmonton? I’ll guess yes, and wait for the Gazdic news to drop.