by Lisa Brown on 12/20/13 at 11:30 AM ET
Edmonton Oilers' GM Craig MacTavish has finally done it, he has successfully traded Linus Omark. Omark is a once highly touted Oilers' prospect who was soon surpassed by even younger and more talented prospects as the Oilers hit the jackpot with three first overall picks in a row. Omark's performance in the NHL never took off, while he has been the AHL Oklahoma City Baron's top scorer.
This week, it was reported that Omark had requested a trade, and was determined to not play another game for the Oklahoma City Barons.
While the Oilers may have hoped to get more from this feisty winger, beggars can’t be choosers, this was like the Sheldon Souray situation. Getting a sixth round pick was not quite what many of us expected, but at least Omark will be happy to be somewhere else, and the Oilers got something for him, instead of letting him walk this summer.
Omark does have talent, that is not questioned, what is questioned, over and over again is his work ethic, his commitment to the team and of course, why isn’t he a prolific scorer when he does play in the NHL.
Playing with the Buffalo Sabres, or at least having a chance at the Buffalo lineup should spark Omark once again.
If he becomes a success with Buffalo, fans will undoubtedly make cries that the Oilers made a mistake, but they can’t lose sight of what the team actually looks like. And what that is, is small talented forwards. Omark doesn’t bring the “hard to play against” aspect that the team so desperately needs.
Should Omark go on to be a star for Buffalo or any other team in the NHL, that’s great for him, it was never going to happen with the Oilers.
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