Oilers Prospect Mark Arcobello Heading to Europe?

As if losing Teemu Hartikainen to the KHL wasn’t bad enough for the Edmonton Oilers, they are now rumored to be losing another prospect in Mark Arcobello.

Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal picked up the unusual and confusing trail that was allegedly first noted by Patricia Teter who writes for Artful Puck, an Oklahoma City hockey blog.

The translation from a Swedish site titled Silly Season names Arcobello as being the final piece for the Brynäs team, a member of the Swedish Elite League.

But as McCurdy notes, Brynäs sporting director, Mike Sundlöv didn’t exactly confirm that the Oilers prospect had officially signed on with the club, courtesy of the Journal.

“He is a great forward and a name we have discussed. But it is not a name that is close to us right now.”

McCurdy further investigated the rumor and reports that multiple sources out of  OKC confirm that is not a new rumor, leading one to believe that the Oilers’ prospect cupboard could be raided again.

Largely considered a small forward by NHL standards at 5’9″, Arcobello has blossomed during his three years in the minor leagues that included a 68 point campaign in 74 games this past season.  He also put up another 20 points in the Baron’s 17 playoff games that saw the club lose out in the conference finals.

Arcobello does have some offensive upside to him but it’s his size that is concerning, especially at the NHL level.  Already saddled with below average forwards in Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle, the Oilers don’t exactly need another forward who is small in stature.

McCurdy’s article includes the question as to whether or not Arcobello could catch on with a club and be a fourth line player.  That’s a possibility, but again, it’s not what the Oilers need on their fourth line.  Grit and character is preferred and neither suit Arcobello’s game making him a long shot to secure a roster spot in Edmonton any time soon.

That’s not to say he couldn’t be a valuable asset via the trade market.  He won’t command a large return, but instead could be part of a package in an attempt to fill one of the various holes the Oilers currently have.  Losing Arcobello to Europe would handcuff the Oilers in any trade talks involving the 24-year old despite holding on to his rights.

While nothing has been confirmed by the Oilers organization, the thought of losing another prospect to overseas could be detrimental to the club.  The impact may not be felt immediately but rather in the long term creating a cause for concern as to why five young Oilers’ prospects have fled the organization for greener paychecks across the pond.

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