February 5, 1987 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||97th overall, 2007
Linus Karl Heimer Omark (born February 5, 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey left winger currently playing with Jokerit Helsinki of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round (97th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Omark began his professional hockey career in his native Sweden, playing for Luleå HF of the Elitserien. In 2008-09, Omark led Luleå in scoring with 23 goals and 55 points, good for third in the league. Following that successful campaign, Omark played one season with HC Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He scored 20 goals and 36 points in 56 games. Omark became known as a "YouTube sensation" for his creative scoring attempts, which included a shootout goal where he flipped the puck over a sprawling Swiss netminder, Marco Bührer, in a March 2009 international exhibition, a between-the-legs goal in a game against Timrå, and a behind the net lacrosse-style attempt versus Brynäs.
Omark moved to North America for the 2010-11 season and, following his first training camp with the Oilers, during which he recorded 3 points in 2 exhibition matches, was assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Omark drew attention when he blamed the demotion on 'politics'. However, he had a successful start to the season, recording 13 goals and 26 points through his first 26 games with the Barons to lead the team in scoring. Five of those goals came in one game on November 7, 2010, when Omark scored five times against the Toronto Marlies and added another goal in a shootout to help the Barons to a 7-6 victory. Omark admitted that although he was initially angry with the demotion, he took it as a learning experience and an opportunity to prove himself, channeling his emotions to work at improving his game.
After injuries to Oilers forwards Aleš Hemský and Shawn Horcoff, Omark and fellow Barons teammate Ryan O'Marra were recalled on December 8, 2010. Omark made his NHL debut on December 10 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 4-3 shootout win for the Oilers. Omark recorded an assist and the clinching shootout goal. His shootout goal drew widespread attention as it featured a spin move at centre ice; Lightning forward Simon Gagne called it "too much" while Gagne's teammate Martin St. Louis described it as a "slap in the face." Oilers head coach Tom Renney defended Omark, telling those who did not like the move to "deal with it." Omark scored his first NHL goal on December 16 against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets; he also recorded 2 assists in a 6-3 Oilers victory. By season's end Omark had dressed for 51 games with the Oilers, recording 5 goals and 27 points. With the Oilers missing the playoffs, Omark returned to Oklahoma City and finished with 14 goals and 31 points in 28 games. He added 1 goal and 3 points in the Barons' first round playoff loss.
After going pointless in five games, and scratched for five, Omark was demoted to the minors.
As a restricted free agent and unable to cement a position within the Oilers, Omark left the Oilers and agreed to a one-year contract with Swiss club EV Zug on August 29, 2012. In the 2012–13 season, due to the NHL lockout Zug was further strengthened by the presence of Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner. Forming the top offensive line of the National League A, Omark remained with the club for the duration of the season, finishing with 69 points in 48 games to lead the league.
On August 27, 2013, off the back of his successful season in Switzerland, Omark returned to the Oilers organization, signing a one-year two-way contract.
On December 19, 2013, the Buffalo Sabres acquired Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. On February 7th, 2014, Omark was placed on waivers by the Sabres after scoring no goals and two assists in 13 games with the Sabres. He refused to report to the Rochester Americans after clearing waivers, prompting the Sabres to terminate his contract and place him on unconditional waivers (which he subsequently cleared); Omark has indicated he will return to Europe to continue his professional career. On February 19, it was announced that Omark had re-joined his original club, Luleå for the remainder of the season.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
Omark has represented Swedenseveral times. He made his international debut at the 2007 World Junior Championshipsin his native country, where Omark recorded 5 points in 7 games to help Sweden to a 4th place finish in the tournament. He made his senior international debut at the 2009 IIHF World Championshipin Switzerland. Omark recorded 10 points in 9 games as Sweden captured the bronze medal. He again represented his country at the 2010 IIHF World Championshipin Germany, and Sweden won another bronze medal with Omark recording 4 points.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||HC Dynamo Moscow||KHL||56||20||16||36||34||4||0||0||0||4|
|2010–11||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||28||14||17||31||32||6||1||2||3||4|
|2011–12||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||18||6||10||16||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||29||14||15||29||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int' totals||18||3||11||14||22|
- "Oilers hope Omark sparks offence". Globe and Mail. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Linus Omark Amazing Goal Against Schweiz 31-03-09". YouTube. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Linus Omark goal vs Timrå". YouTube. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Linus Omark zorro vs Brynäs". YouTube. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- Jim Matheson (2010-10-04). "Oilers' Omark blames politics for getting cut". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- Cuts Day Interview (at 0:28) on YouTube
- "Omark scores 5 goals in regulation as Barons outlast Marlies". TSN. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "Oilers prospect Linus Omark and his dazzling skills getting a shot in NHL". The Hockey News. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Oilers recall Linus Omark and Ryan O'Marra". Oilers.NHL.com. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- "Surging Oilers top Lightning 4-3 in shootout". NHL.com. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Shootout goal vs. Tampa Bay". YouTube. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Your Call: Do players have to earn the right to be 'flashy'?". TSN. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
- "Omark and Eberle lead Oilers in victory over Blue Jackets". TSN. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- "Oilers agree to terms with Omark". Edmonton Oilers. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- Jafari, Mike (February 13, 2014). Omark Fails to Report to Rochester. WGR. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- Omark headed to Europe after released by Sabres. Associated Press. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
- "Omark back in Lulea" (in Swedish). Luleå HF. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- Linus Omark's player profile at NHL.com
- Linus Omark's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Linus Omark's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Linus Omark profile at Eurohockey.com