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Fantasy Impact: The Edmonton Oilers have signed Linus Omark to a one-year deal, bringing him back to the NHL after a one-year hiatus.

 

 


The Oilers get: a talented, but undersized winger who carries a bit of a reputation for being one dimensional, but the reality is that he's not as terrible as the reputation would indicate. Omark has a lot of skill and although he only posted 30 points in 65 NHL games, he did that playing minimal minutes with weaker linemates.

 

 

His high-octane approach to the game is best suited for a scoring line with a capable center. He's best known for his dazzling shootout moves:

 

 

 

Last season he led the Swiss League in scoring. He played much of the first half of the campaign with Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg on what was at the time probably the best hockey line in the world (since the NHL was locked out).

 

 

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: I have a hunch that Omark was signed only to be traded. No way he returns to the NHL just to spend time in the AHL. But the Oilers don't really have the room for him. Phoenix is a big rumor.

 

The Oilers depth chart, according to my Fantasy Guide:

 

Left Wing

Center

Right Wing

Taylor Hall

R. N.-Hopkins

J. Eberle

David Perron

Sam Gagner

Ales Hemsky

J. Joensuu

Boyd Gordon

Nail Yakupov

Ryan Smyth

Anton Lander

Ryan Jones

Ben Eager

Mark Arcobello

Mike Brown

 

Omark has no business on the third or fourth line, but neither do any of the other wingers in the top six. A trade is in the works, stay tuned.

 

Depending on where he ends up, Omark could make a splash with anywhere from 35 points to 55 points. But as long as he's with the Oilers, I don't think he hurts any of the wingers except Yakupov and Perron.

 

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Omark

 

 

Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. To be determined

2. Yakupov

3. Perron

 

 

 

 

Check out Linus Omark's fantasy profile here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... Often more wealthy teams give a goalie a one way contract in the 800k range to protect against a team taking him off waivers.

If the Oilers put him on waivers, the team picking up Omark could give him a 10 game try out or use him to replace an injured player. If he doesn't pan out, the financial risk of putting him in the AHL (worst case) is 1/6 the cost.
August 27, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... It's more appealing for GM's. Any flexibility at all can only help, even if you know you won't use it.
August 27, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Ah, I missunderstood your comment on waivers. I thought you meant he didn't have to go through them.

I'm curious though, how do you figure a two-way contract give him more value on waivers?
August 27, 2013
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... He's over 25 and has played more then 60 games. Am I wrong?

I didn't say the 2 way contract effected his waiver eligibility. I said his 2 way contract gave him more value on waivers. If he isn't waiver eligible then that statement is wrong. At 600k he is likely a bargain anyways
August 27, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... frozenpools, waiver eligibility has exactly nothing to do with whether or not a player has a one-way or two-way contract. Omark is NOT waiver eligible because of his number of pro games played in combination with his age when he signed his first contract. If you want to check waiver eligibility for players, there is a tool for that on capgeek.com.
August 27, 2013
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... I see this as a help for Hemsky. Omark plays LW and IMO will play with Gordon and Hemsky. They will get tough minutes though and both Hemsky and Omark will fill in for top 6 injuries. It's a decent depth signing for EDM.

I also think another trade is coming though. Omark has a 2 way contract which gives him more value considering he is waiver eligible.
August 27, 2013
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