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Omark to make Sabres debut Saturday

Dec 20, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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It won’t take long for Linus Omark to draw into the Buffalo lineup.

Omark, acquired from Edmonton on Thursday, will play on Saturday when the Sabres take on the Bruins in Boston in the second game of a home-and-home series, head coach Ted Nolan confirmed.

“With the injuries that are occurring, losing [Cody] McCormick and we don’t know about (the injury to Cody) Hodgson yet,” Nolan told the Sabres website. “It could be a good time for him. He’s a very talented young man so maybe it’s perfect timing.”

The 26-year-old Swede, who led the Swiss league with 69 points in 48 games last season, has always displayed outstanding offensive ability — but has also had issues sticking in the NHL due to his lack of a well-rounded game.

After breaking in with the Oilers in 2010-11 and scoring 27 points in 51 games, Omark has appeared in just 14 NHL contests since and only one this year, spending the majority of his time with AHL Oklahoma City (where he has 29 points in 29 games).

  1. rsmith1756 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Great move, low risk, darcy woulda never made this move. woulda took a spot away from one of his love children.

    • bullwinkle88 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      B.S. Darcy would have picked up on this immediately. You have no regard for his talent and intelligence.

      • Sabresfan2013 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        How are you backing Darcy on this? The guy didn’t know what to do. 99 stanly cup was not his team that was John Muckler’s. Only good team he had was in 2006 – 2007. he screwed our team up and he screwed the islanders as well. he will not get another job in the NHL.

  2. westinpat - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Only question is now, who moves to take Hodgson’s center position? Ennis, Girgensons, Foligno, Porter, Etc?

    • travishenryskid - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Flynn did a pretty good job yesterday. The team has looked better since Hodgson was moved away from the top line.

  3. hockey716 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Read the article carefully and a year from now, substitute Grigorenko for Omark. The Sabres will be looking to get something (e.g. a draft choice) for a player who displayed outstanding offensive ability — but has also had issues sticking in the NHL due to his lack of a well-rounded game.

    This guy might pan out – it’s the nature of the entry contracts that when a club starts the NHL phase too soon. It’s a tough call to re-sign a player who hasn’t developed as as quickly as initially hoped. I guess the Oilers are cutting there loses with this guy. I hope the Sabres got a “steal” here.

    • elemeno89 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Get off of Grigorenkos back. He’s only nineteen and has played roughly the equivalent of half an NHL season. It is way too soon to write him off. Grow some patience.

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