The Edmonton Oilers have signed 2017 fourth round pick (115th overall) Ostap Safin to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 19 year old native of Prague, Czech Republic has put up 24 goals and 53 points for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s (QMJHL) Saint John Sea Dogs this season. The big right winger leads his team in goals, assists and points during his rookie season in North America. Prior to coming over to join the Sea Dogs, Safin tore up the junior levels in his native Czech Republic, putting up eye-popping statistics as a teenager.
He has also played internationally for the Czech Republic several times, including most recently at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY where he tallied three points and six penalty minutes in seven games.
For the full press release from the Oilers organization, read below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ostap Safin to a three-year entry-level contract.
Safin, 19, has appeared in 56 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's (QMJHL) Saint John Sea Dogs this season, posting 53 points (24G, 29A) and 29 penalty minutes.
The 6'5", 191-pound forward leads Saint John in points, goals and assists in his first season in the QMJHL.
The Prague, Czech Republic native has represented his country several times, most recently at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, appearing in seven games recording three points (1G, 2A) and six penalty minutes.
Safin was selected by the Oilers in the 4th round, 115th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
NHL releases Oilers info for 2018 Global Series
The Edmonton Oilers will face off against the New Jersey Devils at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 6th to open their 2018-19 season, as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series.
Earlier this year the NHL announced that the Oilers and Devils, as well as the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers would start the 2018-19 season in Europe, but until yesterday hadn’t released any details about the dates or locations of the games. Yesterday’s announcement finally fills in the gaps. The league also announced that the Jets and Panthers will play back to back games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on November 1st and 2nd.
In addition to the game in Sweden, the Oilers will also hold their 2018-19 training camp in Germany and play an exhibition game against Kolner Haie, who just happened to be coached by the father of Oilers star Leon Draisaitl, of the Deutsche Eishhockey Liga at the Laxness Arena in Cologne, Germany on October 3rd.
Cologne native Draisaitl is obviously excited to showcase his team in his hometown. "I think it will receive a lot of attention," said the Oilers star. "It's a pretty sport-fanatic city. They love their soccer and they love their sports teams. It's pretty special for me personally to get to play against [Kölner Haie]. My dad actually coaches the team, so that will be pretty funny to play against them."
How cool is that? Playing against your father’s team in an NHL game? Well… quasi NHL game, at least. Any way you look at it, it’s a pretty cool moment for the Draisaitl family.