To get a sniff at the NHL is a unique moment in a young hockey player’s life.
To get the call at 27 is even more exciting – just ask Charles Linglet!
Tearing up the AHL this year playing for the Oilers’ Springfield Falcons, Linglet, will get his first shift in an NHL uniform this Friday, when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Dallas Stars.
For a team like the Oilers, dead-last in the NHL with six games remaining in the season from hell, there couldn’t be a better time for a fee-good story like this one.
Oilers GM Steve Tambellini announced earlier today, the club has signed Linglet to a one-year deal. The 27-year-old native of Montreal is enjoying a terrific season with the Falcons, whose fortunes on the ice have similarly followed that of the parent team this season.
Linglet has posted almost point-a-game numbers down on the farm, scoring 74 points (19-55) in 75 games. Impressive to say the least!
With nothing to lose, Tambellini seems intent on providing opportunities to the team’s deserving minor league players, in preparation for next season.
Whether he’ll pick up the phone and provide a plane ticket for another Falcon that Oiler fans are anxious to see (Jordan Eberle), remains to be seen.
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In the meantime, keep your chins up and your sticks down Oilers Nation!
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Written by Scott Pattison
Scott is an award-winning sports writer whose career spans more than 20 years. He's proudly covered the Oilers since moving to the Alberta capital in 2000.