Today Tom Renney announced that he thinks Ales Hemsky might be out for as long as a month. If you figure him out for at least a month, that’s at least a dozen games of action for one of our prospects in Oklahoma City.
Do we do it? Oklahoma City is currently sitting at 4th in the Western Conference, and just a shade out of 3rd. Omark is currently the leading scorer in Oklahoma with 26 points in 25 games (13 goals, 13 assists, +6). Omark is 8th overall in scoring in the AHL, and just 4 points behind the current leader (Andrew Gordon of Hershey and Dustin Jeffrey of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton). Reddox is another logical choice with 13 goals and 10 assists in as many games, and a +11 rating. But the question is… should they do it, and if so, who?
One has to think hard as to whether they should do it because they have a pretty good team in Oklahoma this year, and they don’t want to upset that balance. Omark is a big piece of the puzzle down there, as is Reddox, but they are getting a fairly healthy balance of scoring, even from unlikelier names such as Colin McDonald.
You also have to ask, do we bring up Omark and put him in a top six role? Or do you bring up Reddox, and allow Jones to remain in the top 9 since he’s doing well, and put Reddox on the 4th line (if anywhere)?
It’ll be a tough choice for the Oilers. Me, I’m going to side with the bandwagon in favor of giving Omark opportunity. There won’t be many better chances than this.
Last year the Oilers picked apart Springfield and it cost them their season, in my belief. So I think this year they need to bear that in mind and be respectful of their farm team’s needs. If Omark is called up and the team just can’t get it together, he’s going to have to go down (unless Omark is absolutely on fire here). The same can be said of Reddox, as well.
It’ll be a tough choice.