Thursday, October 23, 2008

Peckham Recalled

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Defenceman Theo Peckham from Springfield. You can read the official release here.

Peckham might play his second career NHL game against the Avs tonight when the Oilers try and right the wrong from last night in Chicago.

Peckham was extremely impressive in training camp, and while he was sent down, Craig MacTavish thought he was very close, as did Oilers Assistant G.M. Kevin Prendergast.

I thought even though Steve Staios doesn't put up a lot of points, the Oilers missed his grit and leadership last night against the Hawks. Peckham can provide some of Staios' grit and then some.

The Oilers envisioned Peckham playing most of the year in Springfield alongside rookie Taylor Chorney, but he was so good in camp that the Oilers had thoughts of keeping him around, unfortunately contract situations didn't allow that to happen.

So far in 5 games with the Falcons, the 3rd round pick from 2006 has 2 power play goals and one assist to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

Last March when he made his Oilers debut he looked nervous and slightly out of place. Should he play this time, expect him to be much more comfortable and aggressive as he was during the pre season.

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