Mark Arcobello is hoping his stay in Edmonton is a bit longer this time around.

The Edmonton Oilers centre was called up for one game last season after lighting up the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons.

But with roster spots available up the middle this year Arcobello has an opportunity to make the team. It’s simply of matter of out-playing the other candidates mainly Anton Lander and Will Acton.

“I’m going to go out there and do what I can” Arcobello said following practice Monday. “At the end of the day all I can do is play my best and work as hard as I can. The only thing I can do is worry about myself and how I’m playing. Whatever the other guys are doing is their business I’m just going to keep competing as hard as I can. ”

A Yale University graduate Arcobello scored 22 goals and added 46 assists in 74 games for the Barons last season. He added another 12 goals and 20 points in 17 playoff games.

He centred Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle while the two were down in Oklahoma City during the lockout.

“That was great we got to know each other pretty well on and off the ice which is good. It makes it a little bit more comfortable coming in here” Arcobello said. “I like playing with those guys. Obviously they’re great players and if I get a chance with them I’m going to make the most of it.”

Arcobello suited up for the Oilers Saturday in the split-squad game against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place scoring a goal in the 6-5 shootout loss.

He’ll be in the lineup Tuesday when the Oilers travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets likely centring a line between Ryan Hamilton and Nail Yakupov.

“That first game was OK it was tough getting back into the swing of things not playing all summer” Arcobello said. “I’m still trying to get used to some systems but other than that I thought it was a good start to build off and now it’s just a matter of trying to get better.”