According to the Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenseman Philip Larsen from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.
Jones asks the question if the call-up means that Justin Schultz is unable to play against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, given the smooth skating d-man left practice this morning with discomfort in his ribs.
Oilers call up D Phillip Larsen. Does that mean Justin Schultz can’t go versus Detroit? And how is Oscar Klefbom doing down in OKC anyway?
— Terry Jones (@sunterryjones) November 1, 2013
Larsen was part of the trade that sent former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff to Dallas but has yet to suit up with his new club, getting his playing time this season with the Barons.
Through his career with the Stars, Larsen has played 95 games, scored 5 goals and adding 14 assists. His ability to read the play and keep pace thanks to his fine foot speed will allow Larsen to have an impact with the Oilers blue line, should he suit up against the Red Wings.
The Oilers blue line has been the focal point of many discussions amongst Oil fans, leading to the conclusion that it is one of the major weakness on this club and needs to improve. Larsen may not be the immediate answer but the team doesn’t have much to lose by playing him given how poor the blue line has performed.