by Lisa Brown on 11/02/11 at 01:30 PM ET
With Andy Sutton’s suspension continuing through the first four games of the Edmonton Oilers’ upcoming roadtrip, and Cam Barker out day to day with a sore shoulder, the Oilers needed some help on the blue line. For Sunday’s game, the team called up Alex Plante. This move surprised many who thought and hoped that Colten Teubert would receive the call to play his first NHL game. Due to some passport issues, Teubert was not able to make the trip. Now that things are settled, Teubert looks to make his NHL debut against his former club.
Teubert along with the 19th overall pick at the 2011 NHL entry draft was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the trade deadline day deal for Dustin Penner and Oiler fans have anxiously waited to see what Teubert can do on the main stage. Mainly, the intrigue comes from the fact that Teubert and Jordan Eberle were teammates with the Regina Pats and played together for Team Canada at the World Juniors in 2009 and 2010. Teubert is well loved in Regina as Pat Fiacco, mayor of Regina, declared January 8, 2010 as “Jordan Eberle and Colten Teubert Day” in Regina.
Teubert played 20 games with the Barons last season once acquired by the Oilers and has played 9 games this season. Teubert missed out on playing pre-season for the Oilers after suffering a concussion at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton during a fight. The concussion doesn’t seem to have any lasting affects on the young defenceman who has two goals, two assists and 18 penalty minutes to this point with the Barons.
In the same press release from the Oilers this morning, it was stated that Linus Omark has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. Omark has been spending the last few games in the pressbox and has only played five games so far. Some believe it is just a numbers game, that there are too many forwards on one way deals and Omark’s two way deal and 4 games left before he would have to clear waivers to be moved up and down, make him the choice to sit out. Others believe that there is a breakdown of communication or a poor relationship between the crafty winger and the Oilers coaching staff. It is hard to know for certain, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a little of both.
I suspect that the Oilers are still shopping for deals and that they believe that Omark may be someone they can move, but that is pure speculation. After all, they did hold onto Omark through the offseason. There is no doubt that Omark is skilled, talented and could play a key role on this Oilers team, but there seems to be a lot of things happening behind the scenes that we can only guess about.
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