Linus Omark: A Top Edmonton Oilers Prospect or a Trading Chip?

December 31st, 2010 by Alex Thomas Leave a reply »
Linus Omark is well known for one type of play: His shootout moves.

He was a star in Edmonton before he ever signed. Why? He scored a beauty of a shootout goal in a game for Sweden a few years back.

He made splashes in his debut. How? He beat the Tampa Bay Lightning with a spin move, followed up by a fake slap shot, and finished off with a five-hole beauty.

The fans love him, but will Linus Omark ever be a star in Edmonton for his play on the Oilers—will he ever be an NHL star?

The answer is simply no, and yes. No, in my mind Linus Omark will not be a star in Edmonton for his play with the Oilers, because in my mind he won't be playing for the Oilers.

He will be an NHL star, but where is the question.

Allow me to explain here: Linus is very talented and with a little more, work he will be a great top six NHL forward, but where does he fit in Edmonton?

Not over Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, Gagner, Hemsky or Penner I'll say that. That leaves him with a third-line role and can Omark play an NHL third-line role?

The simple answer is no, he can't. He is small and skilled—a perfect ...

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