A Stint For Theo Peckham & Mark Arcobello Towards The Top

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Mark Arcobello will play on the top line. Photo by Rob Ferguson.

It’s been a busy couple of days for the tender relationship between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Edmonton Oilers. To begin with, the Edmonton Oilers have placed defenseman Theo Peckham on a conditioning stint with the Oklahoma City Barons. Bruce McCurdy at the Cult of Hockey broke down Peckham’s recent struggles:

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Peckham, who has battled injury issues including a couple of significant concussions the past two years.

The lockout didn’t do “Teddy Peckman” any favours. Unable to find work in Europe, he played briefly for San Francisco in the ECHL, but the two sides parted company at the defenceman’s request after just four games (0-0-0, -2, 11 PiM).

Indeed Theo will spend at the most two weeks with the Barons, where he’ll get back into game shape, while simultaneously testing his otherwise absent injury. Where might he play? I could see him squeezing in with a stable companion like Brett Clark or perhaps Nathan Deck (who is likely to sign another PTO or full fledged contract; his original 25 game PTO is up; h/t Oil Field Hockey).

This marks the second time in Barons history that the Oilers have placed a conditioning stint on one of their NHL players. The first was JF Jacques, and we all know how that turned out.

The Official Release:

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, assigned defenseman Theo Peckham to Oklahoma City on a conditioning assignment, Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today.

Peckham, a 6-2, 235-pounder from Richmond Hill, Ontario, was the Oilers 3rd round draft choice (75th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 156 games in the NHL, all with Edmonton, scoring 17 points (4-13-17) and serving 382 penalty minutes.

Peckham has significant experience in the American Hockey League, skating in 143 games over three seasons. In those 143 games he scored 38 points (12-26-38) and served 387 penalty minutes. In all, he has appeared in 303 games as a pro with Edmonton, Springfield Falcons (AHL) and San Francisco (ECHL), scoring 55 points (16-39-55) and serving 780 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Peckham played 181 games with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. In those games, he scored 60 points (17-43-60) and served 618 penalty minutes.

Also mentioned today by the Edmonton Oilers was the absence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in practice, and the emergence of Mark Arcobello on the top line between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. The magic that those three produced in the AHL this season is well documented. They dazzled. And there’s no denying that Mark’s numbers were padded while playing alongside those two, dazzling-on-their-own wingers. But it’s rather bizarre to assume they can make beautiful music on the top line in the NHL, especially with Arcobello playing in his first game at the NHL level. Mind you, they’ll be playing the Dallas Stars out of the gate, but Jamie Benn is due a big game, and the Oilers haven’t had much success against Big D in the last couple of seasons. This has the makings of a beating for Arcobello, and perhaps the rest of the squad (full disclosure: I’m a Dallas Stars fan). The flip side of that is if not Mark, then whom? Krueger and Tambo will test this one for at least a game. Good luck to you, Mark.