It was a bit of a surprise at the end of training camp when the Oilers chose to send defenceman Martin Marincin to Oklahoma City. The 22-year-old spent 44 games with the Oilers last season, drawing praise from coaches and management for how he transitioned to the NHL.
But the decision to send Marincin to the AHL was based on his performance in camp, as it took some time for Marincin to hit his stride.
We determined, out of training camp, that there were guys that had better camps than him,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “That doesn’t mean he was terrible, that doesn’t mean he was awful or anything like that. But, he was outplayed at training camp by some other players. It was as simple as that.”
It was a tough time for Marincin, but the young blueliner went back to OKC on a mission.
“It was hard because I was working hard all summer and tried my best at training camp and they sent me down,” Marincin said. “It just happened when I was (doing better). I was working hard in the gym, at practice and in the game and I’m back here.”
He continued, “My thing was to go down, work hard and come back to Edmonton soon.”
Marincin didn’t have to wait long for his return to Edmonton. He played just one game with the Barons before being recalled by the Oilers on Friday morning.
“I’m so excited to be here and play tonight for the Oilers,” he said. “I will be trying my best on the ice and will be solid.”
The Oilers are on the ice for Friday’s pre-game morning skate. The forward lines are as follows:
The Oilers announced they have recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from the Oklahoma City Barons and assigned forward Steve Pinizzotto to the Oklahoma City Barons.
Defenceman Darnell Nurse has also been assigned to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.
Game 1 of the series goes in Saskatoon on Monday, November 10 and Game 2 Tuesday, November 11 in Brandon. Chase is expected to be in the lineup for both of those games. Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings was also named as one of the goaltenders for Team WHL.
Team WHL roster for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series:
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans / Edmonton, AB)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings / Delta, BC)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets / Winnipeg, MB)
Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels / Carlyle, SK)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos / Calgary, AB)
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals / Kamloops, BC)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders / Calgary, AB)
Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen / Elkhorn, MB)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds / Aldergrove, BC)
Tyson Baillie (Kelowna Rockets / Fort Saskatchewan, AB)
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels / High River, AB)
Greg Chase (Calgary Hitmen / Sherwood Park, AB)
Jaedon Descheneau (Kootenay Ice / Edmonton, AB)
Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings / Roblin, MB)
Morgan Klimchuck (Regina Pats / Calgary, AB)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks / Delta, BC)
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors / Calgary, AB)
John Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings / Edmonton, AB)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen / Abbotsford, BC)
(Please note: Roster is subject to change and two additional players will be added to Team WHL prior to the event)
The schedule for the entire 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC
The Oilers have recalled Richard Bachman and Steve Pinizzotto from the Oklahoma City Barons.
Bachman has appeared in one game for Oklahoma City this season, making 27 saves in a 3-2 OT loss. Pinizzotto has one assist in one game.
The Oilers have recalled centre Bogdan Yakimov, 20, from the Oklahoma City Barons. The third-round pick in 2013, has played one AHL game this season.
He spent last year with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in the KHL, playing 33 games and scoring 12 points (7-5-12). Yakimov had an impressive pre-season with the Oilers, scoring two points (1-1-2) in five games. He also recorded two goals and an assist in two games with the Oilers Rookies at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton.
He scored a goal against the University of Alberta Golden Bears for the Rookies as well.
The Oilers have assigned defenceman Oscar Klefbom to Oklahoma City.
The Oilers are not ready to commit on when Darnell Nurse will make his NHL debut, or if/when Klefbom will enter the lineup as well.
“We’ll wait as long as we have to,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s extremely easy to say, ‘put this guy in.’ I think it’s extremely hard to say, ‘take this guy out.’ It’s something that I don’t take lightly. I like to think about it and I’m not there yet with an answer for you.”
The Oilers take on Los Angeles tomorrow.
“The three guys not practicing today are all with multiple bang-ups,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We’ll just assess them day-by-day, but for the three of them it was one of those things where you come in that fit from the summer and we’re not so worried about them being on the ice, we need them to play. So we thought they would benefit from another day of some rest and rehab inside.”
The Oilers top-line centre Nugent-Hopkins got into a fight on Saturday in Vancouver, but it wasn’t the only thing that left him banged up.
“He took a big hit there right before the fight and took a few whacks as well during the game. He’s kind of bruised up all over,” Eakins said.
The status of those players is day-to-day. Eakins said they have discussed calling up a player if one of the forwards couldn’t go tomorrow against Los Angeles, but a decision was not made as of practice.
The line combinations are as follows:
Lines all scrambled at practice in LA. Klefbom on wing with Hall & Arco. 67-29-10. 57-27-6. 20-41-23. This according to jersey combos.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) October 13, 2014
Not much you can deduce from today's line combos in El Segundo, but reasonable to think Nurse makes NHL debut (paired w/Schultz) vs Kings.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 13, 2014