A pretty divisive character this Omark fellow was.
He shot onto the scene with a pretty nifty shootout goal in his first game, eventually finishing with 27 points in 51 games during the 2010-11 season. 22 of his 27 points were assists, which pretty much solidified his role on the Oilers as a playmaker.
Or, so I thought.
He only played in 14 games in Edmonton (with mostly Paajarvi and Belanger) during the 2011-12 season and was shuttled to OKC for 18 more games. Omark made it apparent that he wanted to play in the NHL, and was eventually placed on the back burner. Eventually, he tweeted that he wanted to be traded. The Oilers offered him a qualifying offer, Omark signed with Zug of the Swiss-A league, and that’s where we are today.
Depending on what side of the fence you were on, Omark was either a legit top nine guy, or just some over-entitled bum who was a liability on defence. Good riddance, right?
If the first few games of the season are any indication, Omark might be worth more than the Oilers were willing to give him credit for. Omark has seven points (3-4-7) in six games played with Zug. Not too bad for a guy who couldn’t carry any water in the NHL, eh?
(forward to 1:20 for Omark’s goal)
Detractors will shout that the Swiss-A league isn’t nearly as competitive as the NHL, and they’re right. The AHL isn’t nearly as competitive as the NHL either, but there’s a couple of guys named Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle who will find a way to deal with it.
Could it be that 7 points in six games is just a hot start for Linus Omark? Sure. I wouldn’t count on it, though.
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