Four Oilers placed on waivers. None of them unexpected, and most of them already slated to play in Oklahoma City lockout or not. On a full day of NHL clubs waivering in preparation for the lockout deadline that takes place Saturday evening, the minor league hockey season begins to take shape. Alex Plante, Tanner House, Dane Byers, and Yann Danis make up the small group of waivered Oilers that could benefit from time on the farm. All but three are familiar with the system, and soon Byers will be emerged in 70+ games of Barons hockey.
There are questions as to why more aren’t on this waiver list, and there really isn’t an explanation as to why we haven’t heard about Magnus Paajarvi, Anton Lander, and around 15+ more players that might be eligible to play in Oklahoma City. And those announcements are likely coming, because there is no reason not to do just that. But remember, this is the Edmonton Oilers — they don’t do make copacetic decisions.
And many around the NHL unleashed only a smattering of players to the faux waivers, while others mass exodus’d anyone eligible, willing, and semi-ready. For a full list of players re-assigned to farm clubs before the Saturday deadline, visit the AHL.com news page today. It’s loaded with East and West teams and their NHL counterparts movements throughout the day.