I’ve always assumed that the injury bugs that bite professional sport’s teams were in the shape and form of bed bugs. Unnoticeable to the untrained eye, feared by everyone, but altogether gross and disgusting. The Edmonton Oilers have been bitten, and it has been a rough go in recent games. With Taylor Hall and Beniot Pouliot officially on the IR, and Ben Scrivens “tweaked”, the NHL has come calling for two Oklahoma City players.
Announced today, forward Ryan Hamilton and goaltender Richard Bachman have been recalled to the mother ship.
UPDATE: Tyler Bunz re-assigned from Wichita Thunder.
Despite a 50 / 50 split this weekend, both players have had pretty winning seasons through the month of February.
Hamilton, most recently, had a four point weekend with a goal and three assists. The two games were multi-point endeavors and featured him with two different centermen (Willians and Yakimov). Hamilton was a healthy / rotational scratch three games ago, but he seems to willingly insert himself offensively at the right moments.
Bachman doesn’t lose often, but he did against the frantic San Antonio Rampage on Saturday as he let in three straight in the third period. Zoinks. Records indicate he is a 14-4-3, .921, under 50 goals allowed AHL goaltender, which puts him in an elite class in the prospect league. He is a better-than-AHL player at the age of 27, and a ripe #3 organizationally for the Oilers.
Pakarinen, Lander, Marincin, Klefbom, and now Hamilton and Bachman – you toss Todd Nelson in to that group and the make-up of the Edmonton Oilers in 2015 is strikingly Barons-esque. Coming off a good win against a less-than-average New Jersey team doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, but it does stink of improvement if only minute.
The Oilers play the resurgent New York Islanders (who’ve been a case study in developing through drafting) this evening, while the Barons continue a five game road swing with a stop in Chicago, Rockford, and Iowa.
Look for the Barons to recall both a goaltender and two extra skaters as they only had seventeen players dressed in the most recent game (no word on the DTD status of Jones and Ford, fingers crossed however).