Craig MacTavish, the Oilers new GM, has made a strong statement out of the box on the day he’s announced in his new role. From Oklahoma City goes Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen. Both who are well above the AHL standards, and have long since been viewed that way by nearly everyone except former GM Steve Tambellini.
Here’s the official statement from the team:
General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled forwards Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen form the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Lander, 20, has played in four games for the Oilers this season, recording one assist.
The 6’0”, 194-pound centre has played in 47 games with the Barons this season, posting 20 points (9G, 11A).
Hartikainen, 22, has appeared in 19 games for the Oilers this season, posting three points (1G, 2A).
The 6’2”, 211-pound winger has registered 37 points (14G, 23A) in 47 games with the Barons this season.
In the thick of a playoff spot (currently at 7th in the West) this greatly hurts the Barons, but it also makes a statement of epic proportions by Craig MacTavish. That statement is simple – we want the best players we have in our system to be on our NHL team. Short, sweet, and quick. Craig doesn’t give two seconds thought to the standings of an AHL team, and he shouldn’t. That’s what makes this announcement so warm and fuzzy. Intentionality folks, get used to it.