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Oilers Claim Valentin Zykov from Hurricanes

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The Oilers make yet another roster move, this time claiming Russian RW Valentin Zykov off of waivers.

The 23-year-old has put up very good numbers in the AHL, but has only managed 3 assists in 13 games in the NHL this year.

It will be interesting to see where he slots into the Oilers lineup, and if he’s to be used in the top-6 or lower lines.

One thing to note, is that the Oilers now need to move a player off of the NHL roster in order to be compliant. Either there’s an injury we don’t know about and someone will be placed on IR, or more likely, Ty Rattie is getting waived very quickly.

As for the move itself, I’m not a big fan. If he proves to be an impact player and moves someone who isn’t down the lineup I’ll be happy, but I can’t help but think it’s going to cost one of the AHL kids a call up. And that’s disappointing.

Update:

Patrick Russell has been sent down to the Bakersfield Condors.