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Oilers Activate Valentin Zykov

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Cooper Marody also recalled from Bakersfield

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The Big Z
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The Oilers have activated Valentin Zykov, who easily has the best name of a waiver pickup in at least the last decade. Zykov was claimed recently by the Oilers after the Hurricanes waived him on November 29th, but the winger had experienced visa issues until now.

The Oilers can certainly use Zykov ASAP. A winger, Zykov seems like a prime time candidate to replace Drake Caggiula’s recent appearance at 2LW instead of Jujhar Khaira. Caggiula sustained a hand injury in practice before Edmonton visited St. Louis. Khaira would be a candidate to replace Patrick Russell, who is headed back to Bakersfield. Cooper Marody may be tomorrow’s healthy scratch. We’ll find out soon enough.

ALL ZYKOV, ALL THE TIME

Zykov can go right ahead and score about 20 of those between now and April, that’d be great. He can start with tomorrow’s game against Minnesota, as the Oilers open the first of a two game home stand. If he does something brilliant tomorrow, I’m coining “The Great Z” as his moniker.