Mark Arcobello played the first half of this season in the NHL, with the Edmonton Oilers. Sam Gagner was injured and "Arco" slide into a 2line role and played well.
The numbers show he delivered decent offense (not great) and was well ahead of his mates when it came to possession numbers. Basically, Arcobello looks like a "tweener" (someone who can dominate AHL competition (he is 8GP, 6-11-17 with Oklahoma City since getting sent down) but is not able to deliver enough in the NHL).
That's what he looks like, but we don't have enough track to know. The Oilers are currently employing Sam Gagner as 2line center and Ryan Smyth as 4line C, and the wing positions are taken by various men who do not have waiver options.
After the deadline, the Oilers will have to make a decision on Arcobello. They can call him up and continue the audition that began in the fall, or they can keep him in Oklahoma City. Either way, he'll be a free agent in search of a one-way deal come summertime.
There is another option: trade Arcobello at the deadline to a team looking for insurance. The Oilers won't get much for him, but a late round draft pick has some value and there may be a team who "saw him good" during his NHL time.
The Edmonton Oilers are likely going to move on from a bunch of their fringe players during the summer, and Arcobello is among the best of the lot. Sending him away at the deadline, even as an insurance policy for a team worried a little about their depth at center, seems like good business.
For Mark Arcobello, it may offer him a chance to further establish himself with a winning team.
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