According to Jack Michaels, the Oilers play-by-play announcer, the team has made a few roster moves this morning before embarking on their six-game road trip that takes them to the east coast, all involving defenceman (Twitter link).
Denis Grebeshkov is headed to Oklahoma City for a conditioning stint before being recalled, likely some time next week. After suffering a groin injury in pre-season, Grebeshkov has been waiting to make his Oilers debut this season. It was learned yesterday that the team was awaiting medical clearance before Grebeshkov could suit up and it’s safe to say they got it. The move actually comes on his 30th birthday according to Michaels.
Brandon Davidson has been sent back to OKC after being recalled last weekend. He never saw any playing time with the big club but the experience of being around the elite should help foster his development.
As a result of Davidson being sent down, Philip Larsen is on his way up to join the Oilers. The asset that was acquired in the Shawn Horcoff deal showed some promise during the pre-season before giving way to Anton Belov for the final roster spot on the blue line when the season started.
Michaels speculates that Larsen could see time on the second power play unit given his decent shot and ability to control the puck from the point.