Cam Barker Ready To Return?

*gets out calculator*

Take Cam Barker, who suffered a shoulder injury that put him ‘day to day’ about three games ago, now add the fact he’s wearing a full-contact sweater today, does that equal a spot in tomorrow’s lineup?

It should.

If Cam Barker comes back to the lineup tomorrow, who comes out? Let’s take a look after the jump.

I have my legs under me, it was just a matter of my shoulder feeling comfortable shooting the puck. I feel great right now

-Cam Barker, 07 November 2011

Pretty sure he’ll be ready.

While the team has had an impressive 8-3-2 beginning to the 2011-12 NHL season, it’s hard to notice the shuffling that’s going on defence.  When Cam Barker went down with a shoulder injury, Alex Plante was brought up for a game.  Plante was scuttled back to OKC and Colten Teubert was brought up as a replacement.

So if Barker’s in tomorrow night, who sits?

Some candidates:

  • Theo Peckham:  Teddy Peckman scored a goal in Saturday night’s defeat in Phoenix, why would he be a candidate to sit?  Peckham was  scratched after Edmonton’s 2-1 loss to Calgary on October 18 and didn’t see action again until nine days later.  In the Calgary game, Peckham took just five shifts and played a hair over three total minutes on the night.  Injuries brought Peckham back into the lineup, and he did just score a goal.  Although Peckham was fifth on the defence in total ice time, it’s tough to scratch a guy that just scored a goal.
  • Jeff Petry:  Didn’t seem too long ago I was playing this guy’s name up hard.  Petry might be a classic case of ‘odd man out’, but he’s played in only six games so far this season with the Oilers.  While Petry may not have been getting the lion’s share of the starts, he’s playing good minutes when he does (over 21 last game versus Phoenix).  Petry’s presence in the lineup may be a gametime decision when Ryan Whitney makes his return, but I’d be surprised if he was given the night off in Montréal tomorrow.
  • Colten Teubert:  The man with the primary assist on Theo Peckham’s goal, Colten Teubert has been a member of these Edmonton Oilers long enough to see two games.  Before the injuries to Ryan Whitney and Cam Barker, Teubert’s name wasn’t even a blip on the radar for a big league start.  It’s been just two games, but Teubert hasn’t stunk up the joint, and we like that in a defenceman.  Teubert has averaged a little over twelve and a half minutes in two games.  While Teubert hasn’t played poorly in his short time here,  all of Peckham, Petry, and  Cam Barker are likely going to carry more than twelve minutes and change tomorrow night.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see Teubert catch the bench tomorrow night.

All signs point to Cam Barker suiting up against the Habs tomorrow night.

If Barker goes in, who do you sit?

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