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OMARK A 'WHOLE NEW PLAYER'
By Chris Wescott,
Linus Omark was among the more electric players to touch the ice in Oklahoma City this past season. Although a rookie by AHL standards, this was not his first season of professional hockey. But the young forward used his skill and awed OKC fans with a five-goal game, became a household name in Edmonton by showing promising potential and even leapt to YouTube stardom with a few sensational shootout appearances.
For Oklahoma City, Omark was among the most consistent players early in the season. Despite playing only 28 game with the Barons, he still finished sixth on the team in scoring with 31 points (14-17-31). His consistent and flashy play earned him his first NHL call up in early December.
The 24-year-old Overtornea, Sweden native appeared in 51 games for the Oilers in the National Hockey League, scoring five goals and recording 22 assists as well as registering 76 shots on goal.
Omark, like every professional hockey player, wanted to start the season in the NHL. However to start the 2010-2011 campaign, the forward was assigned to the Barons. He worked his way up to the NHL ranks and says he is happy with how everything worked out in the end.
“I’d like to take the whole season with me,” Omark said. “I started the season (in OKC) and my goal when I went over here was to play NHL but (Edmonton) sent me (to OKC). I’m actually really, really glad for that because I learned a lot (in OKC)
I had great time (in OKC). It’s great teammates here and then, of course I went to play in the NHL.
Omark saw improvement in his game as the year went on. He became a more complete player by working on his defensive game, to compliment his explosive offensive skills.
“If you compare me in the beginning of the season and the end of the season, I’m a whole new player I think.
Next year, I’m going to be ready from the start.
“Everybody is talking about defense,” Omark said. “I’m not the best player there but I tried to work it like everyday or every practice I can do it. Of course, I’m always going to be an offensive player. That’s where my best skills are. But I can be better on defense of course.
Omark lit the lamp in more ways than one this season. His highlight reel goals are numerous and varied. But it is no surprise that his favorite memory of his playtime in Oklahoma City came during a 7-6 shootout win against Toronto on November 7, 2010
Linus scored five goals that game sparking a comeback in a contest in which OKC trailed by three goals at one point. Omark even contributed a shootout score to cap his memorable evening.
“Favorite memory?,” Omark pondered. “When I scored five goals I think. That’s a good memory.
A good memory and possibly the first of many in what looks to be a long successful career for Linus Omark.
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