Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/13
The Buffalo Sabres’ sudden surge in goals and lack of a general manager didn’t stop them from trading for offensive talent Thursday night. Linus Omark is on his way to Buffalo after the Sabres sent a conditional sixth-round draft pick to Edmonton for the disgruntled forward. Pat LaFontaine, the Sabres’ president of hockey operations, swung the deal during a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in First Niagara Center. Omark has spent all but one game in the minor leagues this season, but he made the most his time in Oklahoma City. Omark is fourth in the American Hockey League with 14 goals and 29 points in 29 games. “I’m pretty excited to see him and play with him again,” said Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who has known Omark for nearly a decade through their time on Swedish national teams. “He’s very talented and he can pretty much do just as much as anyone with the puck. He’s a real good individual player.” Omark recently told a Swedish newspaper that he was considering going back to his homeland rather than spend the entire season in the AHL. Apparently faced with a Christmas deadline to move the forward, Edmonton accepted Buffalo’s offer. “Hopefully, he’ll get a chance here,” Enroth said. “Hopefully, he will help us out a bit offensively.” Omark, selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, was unable to secure a role in Edmonton despite a history of offensive success. The 26-year-old scored 20 goals in Sweden’s elite league and Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League before coming to North America in 2010. He put up 14 goals and 31 points in 28 games with Oklahoma City to earn a call-up with the Oilers in 2010-11. He had five goals and 27 points in 51 games during his rookie season. After totaling just 32 games in 2011-12, Omark spent a full season in Switzerland. He topped Zug with 69 points, including a league-leading 52 assists, in 48 games. His teammates included NHL players Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner, who came over during the lockout.
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