Ten games, 34 penalty minutes, and no points. The stat lines for Steve MacIntyre aren’t all that glamorous for the mighty defender / sometimes winger. Collected by the Edmonton Oilers off the waiver wire for some unexplained reason, Steve Mac has been toiling away in the minors for the bulk of the season with nary a game skated.
February 22nd & 23rd, Steve played a pair of games where he was positioned in a bottom line with Kale Kessy on the left, Travis Ewanyk in the middle, and himself on the right. That’s a persnickety line that gets more ice time than most fourth lines, but still very little. That was his last game skated, nearly a month ago.
His previous position in the lineup was quite similar on the farm.
Twice in January he played with Brandon Davidson on the opposite wing (yes, that Davidson) simply because the need for healthy forwards necessitated it.
In December he played a game with Martin Marincin, which turns out, would be one of his only two starts defensively on the season.
Most of his TOI is logged on the fourth line, where you would expect the heavy handed enforcer to land, and his irregularity in the lineup still has me wildly curious as to why the Oilers would entertain his contract in 2013-2014.
Nonetheless, Jordan Eberle is out, the Barons lose a seated vet, and the world continues to spin. Is there a chance Mac plays in the Oilers lineup? Sure, why not. Is there a better player on the OKC Barons roster that might position themselves better? Um, yes.
In the end, Horak and Arcobello continue to be passed over, but before I take it personally, I also realize that some shenanigans behind the scenes is probably ongoing. Simply put, the Oilers care about the Barons chances to make the playoffs. Maybe? Maybe.