The news wire was busy today as the Edmonton Oilers had good and bad things to announce to the hockey faithful.
Pugilist Luke Gazdic was shut down for the remainder of the season as he is in need of shoulder surgery and will be out for six months. It’s likely a similar injury to the ones endured by Ales Hemsky, Taylor Hall and RNH over recent years. It’s somewhat troubling that the Oilers have so many players with repaired shoulders still in the infancy of their careers.
You can add Mark Arcobello to that list. The 5’8, 166 pound center is out for the rest of the season as well with—guess what—a shoulder injury. The Oilers were poised to recall the player as men keep falling, but he is now getting assessed. It hasn’t been determined if he needs surgery. Instead, Will Acton has been recalled, finishing his season where he started as fourth line center.
Acton, however, has no contract to brag about. The Oilers signed Mark Arcobello to a one-way contract of an undisclosed sum for one year. As relief for Sam Gagner in the early stages of the season, Arcobello was good enough to warrant Calder talk ever so briefly in his time here. But Gagner had earned his role, and the tenacious small fry was sent down. A bit surprised, he played with piss and vinegar, scoring 28 points in 15 games. Now, he can prove himself at camp and make a statement. Big year for Arc.
Captain Andrew Ference tore his pectoral muscle and is also likely done for the season. It isn’t believed to be serious but will need time to heal.
On the college market, the Oilers nabbed WMU defenseman Jordan Oesterle (I can hear Jack Michaels saying it now, “Oesterle to Eberle!”). The Oilers described him as follows in a press release today:
In 2013-14, the 6’0″, 185-pound blueliner had a career year, appearing in 34 games for the Broncos, leading all Western Michigan (University) defencemen in blocked shots (70). He also posted career highs in points (17), assists (15) and penalty minutes (27).
The player was said to be in the top ten for college free agents this summer, a possibility he left behind to go pro. He lands in OKC shortly. He could factor into the Oilers plans for the surplus of defensemen they have–should he impress in his audition it could make a guy like Klefbom or Fedun expendable, especially if the Oilers draft Ekblad.
I’m not even talking about the 5-0 loss on Sunday. Let’s move on. God, they need to buy in, however. Yeesh.