Linus Omark, who led the Oklahoma City Barons in scoring before he was traded Thursday night, will be in the Buffalo lineup Saturday when the Sabres play the Boston Bruins. He asked the Barons' parent team, the Edmonton Oilers, to trade him to another organization with hopes of getting a better chance at making an NHL roster.
Edmonton received a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for the Swede.
”This is what I have wanted to do for a while now. So it's great that everything worked out for the best and that I get the chance in Buffalo,” Omark told Newspaper NSD in Lulea, Sweden. ”It will be a fresh start for me. Now it's up to me if I want to stay in the NHL. I must play well and produce. A chance to do that is really the only thing I wanted to have.”
Omark, 26, failed to make the Oilers' roster out of training camp. He was called up for one NHL game this season but was returned to Oklahoma City in short time. Omark has 66 games of NHL experience over three seasons; he produced 30 points, all for the Oilers.
”The Oilers have many ... skilled players on their roster,” Omark said. ”So I knew that I had to start the season in Oklahoma, and I wanted to do my best there. And I think I did.”
Buffalo interim coach Ted Nolan told Sabres.com that Omark will ”take a spot in the lineup. I'm not 100 percent sure exactly where we'll put him yet, but he'll play (Saturday) night.”
Buffalo will go into Saturday's game with the NHL's worst record at 9-23-3.
BARONS APPROACH RECORD NUMBER OF MOVES
The trade of Omark was the 85th transaction the Barons have had to make this season. The most the Barons have ever had in one season is 96, and this season is not at the halfway mark yet.