by Amy Moritz
There was plenty of promise for Linus Omark when the Edmonton Oilers drafted him in the fourth round in 2007. The native of Overtornea, Sweden played internationally until the 2010-11 season when split time with the Oilers and their American Hockey League affiliate the Oklahoma City Barons.
But other younger players started to pass Omark on the organization depth chart. He wanted to move. And Thursday he got his wish when the Buffalo Sabres acquired him for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.
"Edmonton had a lot of players similar to Linus’ skill set and ability," Omark's agent, Kevin Epp, said Friday afternoon. "Others were drafted higher or came in with more credentials or more clout. There were a lot of players similar to him in that organization. I’d say early on it started as a good opportunity but other young players came into their own and there wasn’t that opportunity for a future there."
But Epp sees a future for Omark with the Sabres. All that turnover in management makes Buffalo a destination for guys looking for a fresh start.
"I think it’s a fantastic and an opportunity Linus has been waiting for and wanting the past couple of years," Epp said. "It looks like a really good fit with a new management team and coaching. I think it gives him a good chance.
"Buffalo is in a new stage of their franchise rebuilding. They have a lot of draft picks and lot of young guys and Linus fits into that really well. He’s a young player and offensive player with real good potential to play."
Omark is scheduled to meet the Sabres in Boston and be in the lineup for Buffalo's game with the Bruins Saturday night.
Take a look at Omark's shootout goal in his NHL debut for the Oilers on Dec. 10, 2010: