The injury to Eric Gryba gives Peter Chiarelli a chance to recall one of the many people who claim to play defense in Bakersfield, California. As I write this, no one has been recalled. Here are the candidates for recall:
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- D Jordan Oesterle. Based on the quote above, he has to be the favorite for the recall. Oesterle is a fast train but does have gaps in his defensive game. Chaos and some good things last time we saw him, he is probably due for another cup of coffee. I wrote about him for the RE series here.
- D Griffin Reinhart. He has been up twice now, played in 15 games and is 0-1-1. That is about the range expected in my RE (27 games). He did play RH side at times during his Oil Kings days, mostly on the power play.
- D David Musil. If the Oilers are looking to showcase a player for trade, Reinhart or David Musil may be the best recall at this time. They won’t fetch anything at the deadline, but a summer trade should happen for at least a couple of these lefties. Touched on the subject of Musil during RE series here.
- D Nikita Nikitin. Seems unlikely, but you never know. Slow, slower, Nikitin. I wrote about him during the RE series and projected him for 39 games. He made it into seven before the wheels froze up.
- D Brad Hunt. I would think we have seem enough to know (Hunt has played in 21 NHL games now), but management has him available so it is possible.
- D Joey Laleggia. Unlikely recall, as this is his rookie pro season. He will likely take over from Hunt as the primary power-play quarterback in Bakersfield next season, and we might see him in the NHL during the 2016-17 season if things go well.
- D Dillon Simpson. Steady defender doesn’t get a lot of mention, difficult to know what the organization thinks of him at this time. This is year two of his pro career, no one I know has mentioned him as a possible recall.
- D Martin Gernat. He is in the ”We can live beside the ocean, leave the fire behind, swim out past the breakers. Watch the world die” portion of his Oilers career.