A day removed from their sixth win of the season, the Edmonton Oilers announced a pair of transactions this afternoon.
William Lagesson was one of the last cuts in training camp earlier this month and will most likely slide into the lineup on the third pairing beside Kris Russell. Lagesson has appeared in 2 games with Bakersfield this season, registering 1 assist. He has yet to make his NHL debut, I would venture to guess that there is a good possibility that comes on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings.
You can expect a no-nonsense style of game from Lagesson. He is a defensive-minded defender who does well in his own zone and, as he showed in training camp, is capable of moving the puck up the ice to the forwards. In 69 career AHL games he has amassed 28pts and a +23 rating.
The downside of this transaction is the assignment of Joakim Nygard to the injured reserve. The swede came over to Edmonton during the offseason and was looking to finally hit his stride. His speed and tenacious nature make him a good fit on the team, but the points have been hard to come by in his first crack at the NHL. In 6 games this season, Nygard has recorded 1 goal. He will be out of the lineup for 2-to-4 weeks with a rib injury sustained against the Blackhawks on October 14th.
In Nygard’s place will most likely be Patrick Russell, who has looked good early on. Josh Archibald will be another player that will have to help fill the void, as he has been rather disappointing thus far.