I Wonder How Linus Omark Is Doing In Switzerland…

ZUG OMARK – Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

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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  • Grant Pegden-Wright

    i love the fact that i’m not the only one that gives a rats ass about how omark is faring in europe. on gregor’s show yesterday they were debating what replacement players would do to the league and this town. they were laughing that we might see a team that would include schremp, omark, and nilsson. if those guys played together…it would’ve been more of an opportunity than either one saw here in E-town! good read as usual Jeff!

    • Jeff Chapman

      Thanks, Grant.

      I know that Omark is kind of a lightning rod for Oiler fans, but the guy is top 9 material on this current Oiler squad. Does he still need work on defence? Probably. Is he better than some options currently? Absolutely.

  • Marcel Martell

    Honestly Linus Omark is a better player than Ales Hemski or Gagner. He scores more goals, defends the puck better and is just as talented defensively as those two guys. It makes no sense, he has a better professional track record than either of those two. Now that Krueger is head couch maybe Linus will come back to Edmonton.

    • Jeff Chapman

      Hi, Marcel.

      Better than Hemsky? Eh. I like him as a winger on the third line an awful lot, though.