Not Surprisingly, Oilers Place Linus Omark on Waivers

According to Gene Principe via Twitter, the Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Linus Omark on waivers with the intent being to send him to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise given Omark’s inability to impress during the Oilers pre-season games.  It may come  as a surprise to some who were elated to see the Oilers re-sign Omark this summer to a one-year deal after watching him consistently produce last season in Europe.

Despite given ample opportunity to make an impression on new head coach Dallas Eakins this pre-season, Omark couldn’t elevate his game to the level that is now required to wear the copper and blue.  A trip to the minors could now await the player famously known for his spin-o-rama to start a shootout.

Should another NHL team claim Omark they would have the option of acquiring his rights which would leave Edmonton without any compensation for the forward.  At this point, this Oilers club doesn’t appear to be the spot for Omarks services, not with the direction that Eakins is taking them.

One thing we know about this Oilers club is that they will compete every night.  Whether or not Omark chose to buy in to that model is unknown but Eakins will want a tough and physical club to be on the ice and that may have been Omarks down fall.  That and his inconsistent work ethic.

Will Linus Omark be claimed by another NHL club?  Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

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  • BillHK

    Hopefully he gets picked up on waivers. Maybe Detroit as he played well on a line with Zetterberg in Switzerland during the lockout. I’d like to see him play somewhere in the league, but with the Tor-Buf game and the Vancouver goons fiasco, the league is heading in the wrong direction for small skilled guys.

    Must have been a really weak TC for him, as Eakins had said he remembers the OKC – Marlies game where Omark got 5 points, even though Eakins was warned to look out for him.

    • Derek Stykalo

      yeah it’s too bad really given Omark’s skill set. But he’s never going to crack the top 6 here, at least not for a few years and the Oil need grit and size in the bottom six. I’ll be surprised if he clears waivers, which sounds like he will.

      • BillHK

        I believe that the only guy in the top 6 older than him is Perron, so it would be very unlikely that he would ever crack the top 6 in Edm if the team is healthy.

        His other linemate from last year just signed a (2?) year deal in NJ, and they still need scoring, so maybe there’s a chance there. That said, NJ has 14 forwards signed one way, so they would also need to waive someone to sign him. unlikely.