Klinkhammer was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday. Connor McDavid was officially activated off the injured reserve Tuesday, so Klinkhammer was sent down in a corresponding move to clear a roster spot. The 29-year-old had just one point in 14 NHL games this season, though he's had more success in limited time in the AHL, notching four points (three goals) in three games on the year.
Klinkhammer skated for 10:40 and racked up two penalty minutes and five hits in his return from the AHL affiliate Condors. After starting the game on the second line alongside Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle, Klinkhammer was quickly demoted after the line showed no chemistry on the ice. Though "Klink" went scoreless in his return, he threw his weight around quite a bit and played an impressive game. Though he had a strong outing in Bakersfield with three goals and one assist, Klinkhammer has not been able to pass the one-goal mark this season.
Klinkhammer was recalled by the Oilers on Tuesday. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins expected to be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a hand injury, the Oilers are in desperate need of additional depth at forward. Klinkhammer, who has tallied a single goal in 13 games with Edmonton this season, will give the Oilers' some additional depth up front, and will occasionally slot into the lineup as a bottom-six forward when called upon.
Klinkhammer cleared waivers and was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Friday. The 29-year old, who once scored 11 goals in a season, has struggled for the Oilers this year, registering a single goal in 13 games. Barring future injuries to Oilers' forwards, Klinkhammer will likely remain in the AHL for a while, especially with the upcoming return of Connor McDavid.
Klinkhammer has been waived by the Oilers with the intent to ultimately assign him to AHL Bakersfield. Klinkhammer will be on waivers for a 24-hour period in which other teams can try to claim the winger. If there are no takers for the imposing 29-year-old during that window, then he will stay within the Oilers' organization and be sent to the minors.
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