DALLAS — Charles Linglet is finally getting his shot.
One of the few stones within the organization that has yet to be unturned, Linglet, who’s been leading the Springfield Falcons in scoring all season, joined the Oilers in Dallas and will likely play his first career NHL game Friday against the Stars.
The 27-year-old forward has some pretty attractive qualities: He’s big at six-foot-two, 210 pounds and he has 74 points in 75 games (fifth in AHL scoring), but spent all year in the minors because he was only on an AHL deal.
He signed a one-year NHL contract on Wednesday, opening the door for his Oilers audition.
Linglet’s arrival led to speculation that Dustin Penner might be done for the season with a scratched cornea, but the Oilers say the timing is purely coincidental.
Penner is up and about and if the swelling around his eye goes down he’ll practise with a visor and play Friday.
DOING MORE WITH LESS ... Mike Comrie had a goal and an assist and was plus one in the loss to Detroit, but is still struggling for minutes. He played the fifth fewest even-strength minutes among the forwards (not counting Penner, who left in the first period).
“As a player you always want to be in the ice, it’s just the mentality we have at this level,” he said. “But there are different situations, different line combinations. We lost a guy on our line early in the game. The only thing you can control is what you do on the ice and our line did create some plays.”
KEY COG ... Andrew Cogliano’s two assists Tuesday gives him 10 points in the last 10 games. Just as importantly, he’s been a plus or even player in eight of those games.
“I’m just trying to play,” said Cogliano, who doesn’t know if he’s in the plans for next year, but is making a decent case for it. “I’m getting more opportunity and doing what I can. I’m really just focusing on (playing) hard defensively and little parts of the game and the offence takes care of itself.”