According to the Edmonton Oilers official Twitter account, the team has assigned forward Mark Arcobello to the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL and recalled defenceman Oscar Klefbom. Sorry folks, you can’t make this stuff up.
To say this move is surprising is an understatement. Arcobello has been one of the few positives for this Oilers team all season long and now a demotion when the team needs a player to help right the ship is down right bizarre.
On the season, Arcobello has scored 2 goals and 10 assists in 20 games played. His pace has slowed somewhat from his hot start but in case the Oilers management has forgotten, this is a team that hasn’t scored a goal on home ice in three straight games. Furthermore, no forward has more than one goal at home this year so to say Arcobello’s production has dropped is unfair.
There could be a trade coming but as @robandthegirls notes on Twitter, every time it makes sense to assign a player in the wake of a potential deal, it never happens. At least not with the Oilers. Let’s hope something is finally in the works otherwise there aren’t enough excuses that make this move a reasonable one. Unless he has a minor injury, but why demote him? I’m trying here Oilers’ fans but this doesn’t make sense to me unless something larger is coming. Don’t hold your breathe though right?
On the positive, we may get our first look at Oscar Klefbom in an Oilers uniform. The former first round draft pick by the Oilers (19th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has 1 assist in 12 games with the Barons.