Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, 6 foot 6 defenseman Ben Betker has slowly worked his way through the major juniors and the minor pros.
Now, though, he could get his shot at debuting with the big club.
The Oilers confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Betker, who has recorded two points in 14 career AHL games with the Bakersfield Condors and 17 points in 49 ECHL games with the Norfolk Admirals, has been recalled to the NHL club. He has yet to play in an AHL game this season – so if he does make it into Edmonton’s lineup, he will be making his regular season debut at any level.
A native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, the 22-year-old Betker put up a career high 31 points in 64 regular season WHL games for the Everett Silvertips in his final season before going pro – but the giant defenseman isn’t exactly known for his offensive prowess. If he’s been brought up by Edmonton, it’s either as an extra body or to potentially add some size into the lineup. With 6 foot 3 defenseman Mark Fayne out on injured reserve, the young blue liner could be considered the next best option to fill in for him.
The Oilers, who have gone 3-1-0 to start out their season second in the Pacific Division, will next play tomorrow evening against the St. Louis Blues.