The Edmonton Oilers have called up Dillon Simpson from the AHL ahead of their game tonight against the New York Islanders. Simpson has played seven games for Bakersfield this season, registering one point and eight penalty minutes. He won’t play in tonight’s game, though may figure into the early game tomorrow against the Red Wings.
Simpson was a fourth-round selection in 2011 (though it was #92 overall, the first selection of the round) and has played the last two seasons in the AHL, scoring 37 points. He’s the prototypical all-around defenseman, without any standout skill. His size, speed, and puck movement is all just good enough. As he makes the jump and waits for his NHL debut, perhaps he’ll push his game just a little bit further and find a role on the back end of Edmonton.
Kris Russell is out for tonight’s game with an undisclosed injury, meaning that the Oilers needed some insurance on the back end for tomorrow. They’ll fly right from New York to Detroit tomorrow to play the Red Wings at 4pm central time.