Now you’re probably sitting at your computer consumed by the game the Buffalo Sabres are currently playing against the Boston Bruins, but if you can manage to pull yourself away we have news for you! It would appear Pat LaFontaine and the Buffalo Sabres don’t need a general manager around to make trades on their behalf as tonight LaFontaine made his first deal.
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired left winger Linus Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in
2014. Not bad LaFontaine for your first deal.
Linus Omark was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 97th overall in the 2007 draft. He has suited up for 66 games representing the Edmonton Oilers since being drafted, but has mostly played oversea’s in the KHL and in the AHL. Omark currently sits 4th in AHL scoring with 14 goals in 29 games- just one goal ahead of Luke Adam.
In his 66 NHL games, Omark has recorded 30 points and signed a one-year deal at the beginning of this season, so he will be eligible for free agency at the end of this season. He is currently playing in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons as he works on perfecting his craft.
Linus Omark has represented Sweden twice during the World Championships- winning bronze in both 2010 and 2009. While Omark has yet to cement a place in the NHL at the age of 26, he has the potential to be a solid 2nd or 3rd line winger and for a 6th round pick it’s certainly worth the gamble for the Buffalo Sabres. While he’s a little small at 5 foot 10, he could help the Sabres with their shortage of left wingers.
His defencive game could certainly use some work, he is a natural goal scorer who has a very creative eye for making things happen. He likes to score and play a flashy brand of hockey and while he is a risk, he has the potential to be a difference maker on offence.
A comparisons for Linus Omark would be Brian Flynn who is currently playing with the Buffalo Sabres. Both are smaller players, who have untapped potential to reach a solid level of offence and are just looking for a chance to breakout.
This was a great move by the Buffalo Sabres and Pat LaFontaine. The entire Sabres organization is weak at left wing and they needed to acquire some more, NHL ready, left wingers and they gave up very little to do so. If he doesn’t stick with the Sabres, he can help bolster the Amerks line-up.
LaFontaine has pulled the trigger on his first NHL deal, do you think he enjoyed? Will it make him desire to stay on as the Sabres GM going forward? I mean they don’t need a real GM to make moves apparently.
What do you think of the acquisition of Linus Omark?