With Jesse Joensuu walking out of Rexall Place in a medical boot on Monday, odds are good Anton Lander will be staying for a while.
The Oilers forward was called up from the Oklahoma City Barons for the recent four-game trip, and for a while Sunday, it appeared as though he scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The goal was later awarded to Matt Hendricks as the Hurricanes ended up putting it into their own net.
“I have a lot of time for Anton,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “He’s a smart, smart player. He’s a heady player and we’re going to continue to audition him here in a number of different roles.”
Three years into his tenure with the Oilers organization, Lander, 22, is still trying to get a foothold as an NHL regular. He’s played 14 games with the Oilers this season, still looking for his first point.
Called up when Sam Gagner was banged up early into the road trip, Lander stayed in the lineup to fill in ...