The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenceman Corey Potter to the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL on a conditioning assignment according to the team’s official website.
Potter has been sidelined with a back injury that has kept him out since training camp but has recently been skating with the club. The team took the same approach with Denis Grebeshkov when he was ready to return to game action, sending him to OKC to get his conditioning back up to par before being recalled and inserted into the Oilers lineup.
In two seasons with the Oilers, Potter has played a combined 95 games, scoring 7 goals and 18 assists. His best season was in 2011-12 where he put up 4 goals and 17 assists to go with a minus-16 rating.
Potter is one of a few defenseman that could be on the outside looking in when he is ready to return to game action for the Oilers. A plethora of blue liners currently has the Edmonton defense corps jammed with Grebeshkov, Philip Larsen and Taylor Fedun all considered to be NHL ready; all who are outside the regular six at the moment.
It’s unclear where Potter will fit should the Oilers recall him in a week’s time or so or if they’ll leave him in the minors for the time being. It’s been widely speculated that Potter could be moved if he’s considered to be the odd man out in Edmonton.