The Edmonton Oilers have seen 23 year old defenseman Jordan Oesterle in just six NHL games over his career, but they’re adding him back into the lineup in hopes of sparking something heading into the final stretch of the season.
The Pacific Division club announced on Sunday afternoon that Oesterle had been recalled from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL to play with Edmonton. In his place, heading back down to the minors, defenseman Nikita Nikitin is leaving Edmonton and heading for California.
The #Oilers have recalled defenceman Jordan Oesterle from the @Condors and assigned d-man Nikita Nikitin to Bakersfield.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 21, 2016
Undrafted at the NHL level, Oesterle was inked by the Oilers in the summer of 2014, following a successful third season with Western Michigan University. Since arriving with the Oilers last season, he’s racked up 10 goals and 47 points on the blue line with the team’s AHL affiliate, recording just one assist in his brief call-up to the big team last year.
Heading back the other way, the Oilers continue to use Nikita Nikitin as a floating extra part, sending him up and down between the NHL and the AHL following the defenseman clearing waivers earlier in the year. He’ll leave Edmonton with just one assist in eight games played for the franchise this season, although taking a hefty cap hit with him to the minors.