Alexei Mihknov Recalled: Oilers Throw A Curveball, Bring Up A Guy Who Likely Can't Hit One
Everytime I use a baseball analogy I feel like I owe LT money;) but it's funny how most of these comparisons work.
On to the news and today the Oilers officially placed Smyth on IR and in his stead will be the enigma that is Alexei Mihknov.
Big #8 has gone 3-10-13, that's my own personal shorthand for goals, assists and games played, in his AHL travails but has come on as of late. I don't have access to AHL TOI but I try and read the WBS dailies as much as I can and I know that a couple of games back the head coach had him replace Schremp as the guy who was working the PP halfboards.
Speaking of Schremp, don't you think he's a guy that's choked today? In the last week he's seen the Oilers encounter a rash of injuries and fellow Baby Pens MAP, JFJ and now Mihknov get the call to the big club. Meanwhile RS is caught in a slump and his coach has been decreasing his icetime.
Back to the AM callup and I'm super surprised that Kyle Brodziak isn't the one making the trek north. Alexei's a kid who isn't going to help you unless he's scoring and he might have played a few seasons against men in the RSL but heretofore he hasn't been tearing up a league comprised of boys and men. The bras should already be trying to figure out how to unlock the offensive potential of a kid like MAP not to mention also trying to find icetime and a role for JFJ and now here comes another guy who needs to be sheltered.
The only reason I can see AM getting the call is because he's a UFA at season's end and the Oilers only have a few more months to make a decision whether he's in their longterm plans. That being said he's unlikely to being able to help them in the shorterm and now we're looking a roster with a helluva lot of guys that you can't set your watch too.
About the only positives to come out of the arrival of all the new kids is the string of rookie dinners likely to follow;)