Kessy Is Back, Horak vs Lander, Rimmer To OKC

After scoring the goal that launched a plethora of teddy bears, Kale Kessy has been recalled from the Bakersfield Condors to be placed with the Oklahoma City Barons. My love of this kid is quite well known, but this is an opportunity for Kessy to skate like he’s never skated before. With Curtis Hamilton playing in the third line winger role, Kessy will probably squeeze in on the opposite wing (or more likely) head to the fourth line.

Steve MacIntyre? Ben Eager? Who is going to Edmonton? My bet is on Anton Lander or maybe Roman Horak. With Boyd Gordon having leg/back/knuckle trouble, the need for a depth centerman is now. I like Horak’s chances. He’s earned it, he’s potentially better than a guy like Will Acton, and he is new to the organization – three things that the Oilers no doubt realize (right?) This doesn’t mean that Eager or MacIntyre aren’t gimpy or something. That could very well be why Kessy is coming in, but it still doesn’t change the status of Gordon. Things. They are happening.

Speaking of “going to Edmonton”, Ty Rimmer tweets this today:

With Ilya Bryzgalov injured in yesterday’s victory against the Stars, Jason LaBarbera is the logical choice. He’s played very well for OKC despite not winning consistently. Likewise, Laurent Brossoit has been solid, and he will probably go number one. Rimmer joins the Barons, which means that Tyler Bunz gets overlooked, and I hate that. Nonetheless, some important moves forming, all with two or three levels of trickle-down effect.