Roman Horak wasn’t expecting to be traded from the Calgary Flames to the Edmonton Oilers organization.



He wasn’t crushed by the move, either.

Horak, the 22-year-old centre who went to the provincial rivals in the deal that brought defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames in mid-November, had fallen a couple of notches down the team’s depth chart and the trade, even though it meant staying in the minors, was somewhat welcomed.

“I didn’t expect it, that’s for sure,” Horak said Friday. “Obviously, I was disappointed when I got sent down at the beginning of the season, but there was a bunch of guys coming up. Sean Monahan at the time played well and Joe Colborne came in and they kinda took my spot, so I was disappointed.

“I guess you could say I was maybe a little happy when I got traded. I’m not saying I was jumping around, but it might be a new start for me. Every NHL organization has so much depth, it’s hard to get in the NHL. In Calgary, there wasn’t much space for me, so this time I’m happy to be here.”