BREAKING: Surprise Forward Signing Made by The Edmonton Oilers

Published October 5, 2023 at 1:39 PM

In an unexpected twist, the Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Brady Stonehouse to a three-year entry-level contract, defying earlier expectations when he left camp without a deal.

During a recent rookie game against Winnipeg, the 5'10", 192-pound Stonehouse left a strong impression. His powerful style of play, aggressive board battles, and puck-winning prowess stood out. Stonehouse showcased his speed and opportunism, nearly scoring with a wrist shot that hit the post. He also contributed by setting up Alex Chiasson for a scoring chance.

Stonehouse's relentless determination and grit were on full display, drawing a penalty with his gritty play along the boards. He also displayed playmaking skills by creating opportunities for teammates, showing versatility in his game.

Commentator Bruce McCurdy noted Stonehouse's feisty playing style, both on and off the puck. Stonehouse's competitiveness and impact in various aspects of the game were evident.

Remarkably, Stonehouse went undrafted in two NHL drafts. However, his standout performance in the Rookie Camp earned him a spot in the main camp and an NHL preseason game. With 37 goals for the Ottawa 67's last season, Stonehouse's scoring ability is evident, but his relentless style sets him apart.

As the Oilers face a shortage of draft picks, signings like Stonehouse are crucial for bolstering their prospect pool, particularly in forward positions. Stonehouse's contract, effective next year until 2027, provides ample time for his development within the Oilers' system.

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News recognized Stonehouse's unique blend of goal-scoring ability and agitating style, comparing him to NHL agitator Brad Marchand. Stonehouse's physicality and 31 goals in 60 games with the Ottawa 67's underline his scoring prowess.

The Oilers' unexpected signing of Stonehouse presents an opportunity to unearth a hidden gem and strengthen their future roster with dynamic talent.

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