Linus Omark's Ideal Spot In The Edmonton Lineup

Frederick Breedon

Is there a certain type of linemate that thrives with Linus Omark?

As I read through Jeff's article today about Linus Omark's spot in the Edmonton lineup and the back-and-forth in the comments, I found that I didn't vehemently agree or disagree with any of the suggestions.  So I went to the one bit of reliable information we have on Omark, his results from his only extended stay in the NHL in 2010-11, in order to see who Omark jelled with when he was in Edmonton.  The only meaningful (and I use that term loosely) sample size was his time with Magnus Paajarvi, and Paajarvi is no longer an option.

So in the quest to find matching linemates for Omark, I went to the shot attempts data (Corsi), for and against per 60 to find more clues:

# Player SA F/60 SA A/60 SA %
10 Shawn Horcoff 59.9 44.3 0.575
91 Magnus Paajarvi 56.2 47.3 0.543
13 Andrew Cogliano 58.2 50.1 0.538
16 Colin Fraser 58.2 51.5 0.531
67 Gilbert Brule 61.1 57.5 0.515
56 Teemu Hartikainen 61.5 59.0 0.510
27 Dustin Penner 54.5 54.5 0.500
89 Sam Gagner 53.8 57.8 0.482
85 Liam Reddox 45.7 52.2 0.467
13 Eric Belanger 49.4 59.0 0.455
94 Ryan Smyth 52.4 62.9 0.455
83 Ales Hemsky 49.3 66.2 0.427
42 Ryan O`Marra 31.7 63.5 0.333
28 Ryan Jones 36.0 75.5 0.323

I think I see something, though I'm not sure if it's real (especially given the minute sample sizes we have) or if it's confirmation bias at work.  So does anyone (Copper & Blue writers need not apply!) else see a common thread to the linemates Omark enjoyed success with during his time in Edmonton?

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