The Edmonton Oilers have placed assistant captain Ryan Smyth
on the NHL Injured Reserve List and have recalled left wing Alexei Mikhnov from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Smyth suffered a fractured right thumb in the first period of the Oilers 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, December 2nd. Smyth is second on the Oilers scoring list with 16-6-22 in 24 games and ranks third in the NHL in goals.
Mikhnov, the Oilers first choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 13 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after being assigned to the AHL team on November 4th. He made his NHL debut with Edmonton in a 5-2 win versus the Phoenix Coyotes on October 23rd and was scoreless and even in 4:21 minutes of ice time in his only NHL game to date this season.View Mikhnov's bio and career statistics
Mikhnov joined the Oilers this season after playing the last nine seasons in Russia. The 65", 218-pound, native of Keiv, Ukraine scored 14-8-22 with 18 penalty minutes in 40 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Superliga in 2005-06. With his 22 points, the 24-year-old left winger tied for third in goal scoring and was 10th in scoring on the Yaroslavl roster as he helped his team to a third place finish in the standings.