Mar 6, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Linus Omark (23) passes the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Acquire Linus Omark

With the National Hockey League holiday roster freeze about to go in affect, Pat Lafontaine pulled the trigger on his first trade as head man in charge for the Buffalo Sabres. The trade was announced during the first intermission of the Buffalo Sabres game verse the Boston Bruins.

According to the Sabres twitter feed:

@BuffaloSabres: The Sabres have acquired winger Linus Omark from the @EdmontonOilers in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2014 #NHLDraft.

Omark is a 26 year old forward and was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round (97th) of the 2007 NHL Entry draft. Omark has played in 66 NHL games and has scored 8 goals and 22 assists for 30 points.  Omark is a small, crafty forward who has just never been able to crack the Oilers lineup.  He has spent all but one game this year in the minors playing for the Oklahoma City Barons.  He currently has 29 points in 29 games for the Barons.

It is not yet known at this point if Omark will be reporting to the Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate Rochester Americans or if he will report to the big club.  This seems to be a low risk trade for Lafontaine and the Sabres.  Omark has good skill and with the Sabres struggling to score goals this may be a good spot for Omark to earn his way back into the NHL.

Here is a little taste of some of the skill Omark possesses:

and this one :


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