Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/27/13
The Edmonton Oilers have made a strong depth signing picking up Linus Omark who led the Swiss league in scoring last season. Omark 26 scored 69 points in 48 games with the Zug franchise. Omark had failed to make the Oilers in a previous attempt but he presents an interesting package of skills for the team. He’s got a good amount of skill as exhibited by his shoot-out voodoo but he’s also tough along the boards for a smaller player. He’s just 5-feet 10-inches tall but his game is to win the puck on the boards or in the corner then shield it with his body like a mini-Peter Forsberg before passing it off or taking a shot. In his own end he played passable positional defence. In a recent Cult of Hockey poll half of Oilers fans didn’t think the team should bring back Omark. The Oilers would have found a better fit if they could have brought in a more physically aggressive player with some skill who could play well on the boards the forecheck and the backcheck. I’m thinking of a pest of a player along the lines of Antoine Roussel in Dallas. But this was not to be. Omark is a decent bet in light of that inability to find the right fit. He is a good low-cost option on a two-way contract. Ales Hemsky is a soloist who does his best work when surrounded by support players. Newly-acquired centre Boyd Gordon and Omark can be those support players with Gordon doing the heavy lifting down low in the Oilers zone like Shawn Horcoff used to do with and for Hemsky. Gordon will also be the guy coming back hard on the backcheck. Omark can win pucks on the boards all over the ice while Hemsky is on the puck advancing it up the ice his great strength as a player.
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