I'm happy for the kid. He's come from rock-bottom, done what he's been told to do and busted his ass slowly working his way back into the mix, when it would have been easier to pack it in.
A teachable player with a work ethic is something the Oilers definitely can't have too many of. He could be a perfect 4th line candidate with upside, with the additional potential to help the team on the dot. And he's got a bit of size to him.
Maybe he can be Clutterbuck-esq, without being as much of a tool.
We'd be damn lucky if that turned out to be the case. Clutterbuck has the potential to be a better player than most think. He plays and thinks the game very well.
I was impressed with O'Marra at training camp. He worked hard each shift, was good along the boards, and seemed to gain a step from the last time I saw him. He played a simple game, which is perfect for his role.
He needs to bring that intensity though. When it drops off, he drops off as a player. It's part of his game, and he needs to learn to bring it every night.
he has the ability to be a physical shut down center.......which is exactly what the Oilers need.......has size...good on FO....plays physical.....and defensively responsible.....could be that 3rd/4th line center we have been needing all year............
I believe it was Daum last year who called O'Marra a "Terrible disappointment" and thus he was banished to the ECHL.
However I also remember reading that he said "He has been the biggest surprise" referring to O'Marra this year. Let's hope the light turned on for him just like it did for Jacques, meaning that he has accepted that he is not going to be a top-6 guy in the NHL and is committing himself to being a physical useful bottom-6 type of player. I think it is a hard adjustment for some of these players to make, considering they were usually always dominant at every level they played and always had a top-6 role.
I am going to be watching every move O'Marra makes tonight very carefully.