Well, folks. It’s not all good news from last night’s win. Or, given Josh Archibald’s production to date, maybe it is? The new addition is headed to Injured Reserve after breaking his foot in last night’s thrilling come from behind 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
As per the team’s official twitter:
As per Mark Spector, there have been no call-ups announced just yet, so let’s take a look at the most likely candidates to fill Archibald’s role as the fourth line right wing in the coming weeks:
Josh Currie - 6 GP, 4-1-5
Currie spent some time with the big club last season in a lower-half role and might be the player most suited to that kind of duty in Archibald’s stead.
Kailer Yamamoto - 6 GP, 4-1-5
Yamamoto plays on the same flank but is certainly a player you envision playing higher up your lineup. Of course, given the Oilers’ desperate need for skill and Zack Kassian or Alex Chiasson’s history in those roles, perhaps Holland opts to call up Yamamoto instead to bolster the top six and move one of those (and Sam Gagner) down.
Joe Gambardella - 6GP, 2-3-5
Like Currie, Gambardella enjoyed a cup’s worth of coffee at the NHL level last season. And, like Currie, he might be among the best suited forwards in Bakersfield for bottom six work with the Oilers. Unlike Currie, he spends most of his time on the left side. While he’s more substantial than Currie, he does give up a bit of the mobility Currie can offer.
Who’d we miss? I thought long and hard about Benson, but just don’t see this being his time. Anyone else?
Look for whoever they announce to be slotted into the lineup for Sunday’s afternoon tilt with the Florida Panthers.