By The Numbers - #23 Linus Omark

Linus Omark is the next number up on our series.  Have a peek after the jump.

A little too close to Cooke for my liking. Photo courtesy oilers.nhl.com

NAME: Linus Omark

SWEATER NUMBER:  23

DOB: 05 FEB 1987 (24)

POSITION: Wing

NUMBERS:  5G-22A-27PTS, 26 PIM in 51 GP

2010-11 SALARY/CONTRACT $875,000, will become RFA on July 1st, 2012

THE SKINNY

Well isn’t this a nice surprise?

Linus Omark is one of the factions of the Swedish Invasion that’s set to take over Edmonton in the coming years.  An injury callup from the Oklahoma City Barons this year, Omark scored a rather memorable shootout tally in December.

Not bad for your first game, eh?

Linus Omark was a fourth round pick in Edmonton’s 2007 entry draft.  I don’t want to call Omark’s style of play ‘exotic’, but his European style of play is definitely a breath of fresh air on the Oiler attack.  We all expected great steps from Magnus Paajarvi this season, but Omark getting time on an injury callup was a nice surprise and very entertaining to say the least.

Omark’s puck handling skills often border on the ridiculous.  He’s still got a ways to go on defence, but that’s a growing pain that I think we’re all willing to accept after just 51 games in the league.  You’ll notice I take some exception to Matt Cooke eyeing up Omark from behind in that photo up above, and that’s because Omark could benefit from a few more pounds that may help him from perilously flailing around after getting hit. With Cooke’s history of knuckleheaded moves that cause injury, if he was behind anyone but MacIntyre I’d be a little concerned.  Mac would just go clubbing.

WHAT COULD BE

This one’s a keeper for sure.  He’s got a thick hockey brain that dazzles when he’s got the puck, and if he has an adequate training  camp, I think he’ll open up on the third line this year.  With a 82 games in full season of Oilers hockey, I see Omark putting up mid to upper 40s in the point totals.  We’ll go with 47 (22G-25A) in 2011-12.  With it being a contract year for Linus Omark, I wouldn’t rule out fifty points in his first full season in Edmonton.

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