After a three goal, three assist, dominate performance against the Rockford IceHogs, centerman Anton Lander has been recalled by the Edmonton Oilers. Don’t think for a minute that this wasn’t in the works prior to the hat trick plus three. It was. The Oilers need for a solid centerman has been the topic of discussion for the better part of the last week. Eric Belanger, suffering a groin injury, necessitated a callup. The two likely candidates based on recent history were Chris VandeVelde or Anton Lander.
It has been very interesting to see Anton Lander work with the likes of Toni Rajala and Teemu Hartikainen. Those three have a knack for being completely aware of the other on the ice. A rarity on the farm for the better part of this season.
If you’re worried about the center position for the Barons, don’t. It wasn’t that long ago that they iced a fourth line completely of playmaking centers. They’ll be fine.
Lander has earned the callup, but really it’s more about drawing the longest straw first. Godspeed, Anton.
The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, recalled centerman Anton Lander.
Lander, a 6-0, 194-pounder from Sundsvall, Sweden, is is fresh off of establishing a Barons franchise record with six points (3-3-6) in the team’s 7-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs. He has appeared in 45 games with Oklahoma City this season, scoring 19 points (8-11-19).
This is the second recall this season for Lander. He has appeared in four games with the Oilers this season, registering one assist. The Oilers 2nd round draft choice (40th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has appeared in 60 games with the Oilers and scored seven points (2-5-7).