Brule clears waivers
ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Oilers Gilbert Brule celebrates after scoring on New York Islanders Nathan Lawson at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on January 6, 2011. (JORDAN VERLAGE/QMI Agency)
Steve Tambellini is hoping he hasn’t seen the last of Gilbert Brule.
The talented but inconsistent and oft-injured centre cleared waivers Tuesday - teams like his upside but were scared away by a $1.85 million contract - and will now begin the season in AHL Oklahoma City.
Where he goes from there will depend on what he does with the opportunity, but if he can rediscover the form that made him a first round draft pick, or even the form that made him a 17-goal-scorer in the NHL, they’d love him back.
“He’s a talented young man who plays with an edge and has shown he can score goals at this level,” said Tambellini after the Oilers practised in Jasper. “He just needs to get back and play the type of minutes he needs to play, to re-establish himself and get his confidence back. I haven’t given up on him.”
Josh Green, Ryan O’Marra and Ryan Kesler also cleared waivers and will be joining Brule in the AHL.