Omark not intent on spending rest of season in AHL
Linus Omark has had a propensity to take the direct route when it comes to his hockey career.
So when the Swedish left-winger was talking to Tyson Gibbons of PuckLife magazine Friday in Abbotsford, B.C., he made it clear he’s not keen on spending the rest of this season in the American Hockey League.
Omark had been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons, the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate, earlier this week and was in the lineup for the Barons 3-2 victory over the Heat.
The catch here is that Omark has a clause in his contract that enables him to return to Europe if he is playing in the AHL. It is a clause that kicked in this season.
“I want to play (in the) NHL and if no one lets me do that then I’m going to go to Europe,” Omark told Gibbons after practice. “I take it one day at a time and we’ll see after that.”
Omark, 24, spent four seasons in the Swedish Elite League before playing for the KHL’s Moscow Dynamo in 2009-10. In his first season in North America, he opened the 2010-11 campaign with the Barons — reluctantly — and ended up playing 28 AHL games and 51 with the Oilers.
This season, he made the final cut with the Oilers, but was a healthy scratch for five straight games. With the team on a win streak, and Ales veteran winger Hemsky nearing a return, Omark was assigned to Oklahoma City.