This morning, the Oilers announced that Linus Omark had been recalled from the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. They had let Omark know he was coming up the night before so he was able to make it to Tampa in time for practice.
“I was happy for it. I’ve been working hard now and I hope I get an opportunity to show my best here.”
Omark added that the season has gone as he had expected, with him starting the year in the minors and then having to work his way up to the big club.
“I was prepared to go down to OKC from the start. I knew that I had to play good down there and hopefully (get) the chance. Now I’m here so I hope I get a game here and we’ll see.”
In 12 games in Oklahoma City, Omark has eight goals and 12 points to lead the team in both categories.
“I think I’ve played pretty good. Some games have been really good and some games have been not that good but overall I’ve played pretty good, I think. I’ve played with all kinds of different players because you’ve been hurt up here and they called up people and some guys injured down there. It’s been a strange year so far.”
Omark wasn’t on a line in practice but wouldn’t or couldn’t say whether he was in fact going to play tomorrow against the Lightning.
“We’ll see. You’ll have to ask the coach. We talked a little bit after. We’ll see tomorrow.”
Coach Eakins was equally non-committal when asked whether the forward might find his way into the lineup tomorrow night.
“Any player that’s here and healthy is a possibility to play so he may play,” said Eakins. The bench boss added what his expectations were for number 23.
“With Omark, I think it’s important for him to immediately what we’re trying to do with the identity of this team. We’re trying to restructure our identity that we’re a team that’s tough to get scoring chances against. We’re not using our skill to our advantage and the way to use our skill to our advantage is to be a team that you can’t get scoring chances against. That gets us the puck back quicker where we can use our skill.
“For him, he needs to be defensively responsible immediately and then that will help his offensive game. We just need him to be a responsible player and the rest will look after itself.”