The Edmonton Oilers have announced that they’ve signed forward Tyler Vesel to a one year contract starting in 2018-19.
The #Oilers have signed forward Tyler Vesel to a one-year contract. Edmonton's 6th-round pick (153rd overall) at the 2014 #NHLDraft scored 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 36 games with @OmahaHKY this past season.
The 24 year old Vesel recently completed his NCAA college career with the University of Nebraska Omaha before joining the Oilers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Bakersfield Condors on an amateur try out (ATO) contract last month.
In just 11 games with the Condors, Vesel put up an impressive three goals and six points. Not bad for a rookie getting his first taste of pro hockey. With Omaha this past season, Vesel potted 11 goals and 32 points in 36 games and earned NCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
The Oilers selected Vesel in the 6th round (153rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft after he put up a remarkable 33 goals and 71 points in 49 games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
No word yet on where exactly the Duluth, MN native will slot into the Oilers’ lineup for next season, but don’t count him out of the team’s main roster. The versatile Vesel has the capabilities to move over from center to wing, where the Oilers just so happen to have a desperate need for offensive production. In the short time that he’s spent with the Condors, Vesel has proven that he has the size and physicality to make plays at the pro level, but whether or not he heads straight to the AHL or whether he gets some more seasoning in the AHL with the Condors remains to be seen.
The 24-year old had six points (3g-3a) in 11 games with the Condors at the end of the 2017-18 season after wrapping his college career at @OmahaHKY
Currently the Oilers have a desperate need for wingers both at the NHL and AHL level. With just Milan Lucic, Ryan Strome, Zack Kassian, Drake Caggiula, Jesse Puljujarvi, Ty Rattie, Jujhar Khaira and Pontus Aberg ahead of Vesel on the team's depth chart, don't count him out for opening day.