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Linus Omark Wants To Play In The NHL

The Oilers should bring him back and turn him into an asset.

Gregory Shamus

Linus Omark's EV Zug team is still in the playoffs, but when their post-season run is over, Omark would like to come back to the NHL.

After winning a scoring title for the first time, the Swede hopes to go the same way and get a one-way contract in the NHL next year.
"That’s been my goal since I signed here but let’s see what happens," he said. "It’s fun to play here and we’ll see after the season."

Omark's original Zug linemates, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg have settled in as linemates on Detroit's first line, and Brunner has 10 goals and 8 assists in 24 games for the Red Wings.

I spoke with Omark's agent, Patrik Aronsson, about his client's contract status, and Aronsson indicated Omark's deal with Zug ends when the post-season ends and he's back under Edmonton's control.

The correct course of action for the Oilers would be to bring Omark over as soon as Zug is eliminated and allow him to play as many sheltered minutes and power play minutes as possible. If the Oilers are able to get a week or two of production out of Omark, there may be a market for him on April 3rd, possibly even Detroit. If the Oilers were able to recover even just the 4th round pick lost in the Mike Brown trade, it would be a coup for this management team.

If Zug is eliminated after the deadline, the Oilers still have 12 games in which to feature Omark for an off-season trade. Omark's NHL equivalencies (and his one NHL season) show a player who can put up offense equivalent to any second-line player in the NHL:

Year Age Team League NHLE82 G NHLE82 A NHLE82 P
2005-06 18 Lulea HF SEL 0 3 3
2006-07 19 Lulea HF SEL 10 12 22
2007-08 20 Lulea HF SEL 13 24 37
2008-09 21 Lulea HF SEL 28 39 66
2009-10 22 Moscow Dynamo KHL 24 19 44
2010-11 23 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 18 22 40
2010-11 23 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8 35 43
2011-12 24 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 12 20 32
2011-12 24 Edmonton Oilers NHL 18 0 18
2012-13 25 Zug Swiss 12 36 48

However, if the Oilers previous dealings with outspoken players are an indication, the above course of action is not the one the Oilers will choose.