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Oilers claim goaltender Niko Hovinen off of waivers from Flyers

The Oilers get help for the Barons

Danis' departure left the Barons' short-handed.
Danis' departure left the Barons' short-handed.
David Maxwell


EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers claimed Finnish goaltender Niko Hovinen off waivers on Friday.

The 24-year-old played 16 games this season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. He registered a 3.14 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage, with a record of 4-6-3.

Hovinen was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fifth round in 2006, then signed a two-year entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011.

The Oilers are missing 40-year-old goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin who is on injured reserve with an ailing hip.

Edmonton is 2-1-0 with the goalie tandem of Devan Dubnyk and backup Yann Danis.

Our Take: With Oklahoma City Barons' starter Yann Danis in Edmonton (hopefully for the rest of the season), the Oilers desperately need help for the struggling Olivier Roy and Hovinen looks like he's on the way. Hovinen might step right into the lineup, especially after the Barons gave up eight goals to Milwaukee last night.