by Lisa McRitchie on 11/29/11 at 11:00 PM ET
Following the Taylor Hall injury update, news that Ben Eager has some injury woes and Anton Lander took a maintenance day, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centreman Ryan O’Marra from the Oklahoma City Barons. First round pick O’Marra was acquired by the Oilers as part of the package in the trade of Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on NHL trade deadline day 2007. During his time with the Oilers, O’Marra has played 24 NHL games, 24 ECHL games and 240 AHL games.
This year, O’Marra has potted 4 goals, 4 assists, and 40 penalty minutes in addition to his +5 rating. While these are not huge offensive numbers, it is O’Marra’s size that is. O’Marra’s 6’2” and 220 pounds could add a little more grit and size to the Oilers lineup, something that the team has been criticized for the entire season.
Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey has similar thoughts on why O’Marra was given the call today and has solicited Barons’ columnists Eric Rodgers and Neal Livingston for comments on O’Marra:
He is what he is. Still a tad slow, rises to the occasion, can score, but doesn’t all the time. Still a solid mudder. Lately he’s played with Tyler Pitlick & Hunter Tremblay with those two swapping RW & LW responsibilities. He brings a little oomph to the younger guys as well as some consistency.
There are other gritty players that might have received the call from the Barons, but Teemu Hartikainen is currently out with a shoulder injury and expected to miss potentially months depending on the severity of the separation. Right now, the projected timeline is 4-6 weeks. Antti Tyrvainen another Finn signed to an entry level deal this off-season is currently suffering from a broken arm and Linus Omark is out with a broken ankle.
With injuries to both the Oilers and the Barons, the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL has seen changes in their roster as well. I’m sure that Barons’ head coach Todd Nelson would like to see this string of injuries come to an end just as badly, if not more than Tom Renney. The main difference between the Oilers and the Barons however, is that the Barons have managed to keep winning while the Oilers have been sliding lately winning only three of their last ten games.
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