Golden Bear Anderson now an Oiler

Harlan Anderson (left) in his rookie year with the Bears

From a CIS gold medal in hockey with the Alberta Golden Bears to a professional contract with the Edmonton Oilers, it’s proving to be a busy week for Golden Bears captain Harlan Anderson.

While nothing is official yet, I’ve got it from a very reliable source the Oilers will sign Anderson, a business student at the U of A, to a pro contract and send him to Springfield of the AHL.

Anderson, 25, is a six-foot-two, 200-pound defenceman who spent four years in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors before donning Alberta silks for the 2003–04 season.

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Expect an announcement in the next 24 hours.

Also, in case you haven’t heard, the Oilers have recalled goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers from Springfield. Here’s the official release:

“The Edmonton Oilers have added goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Drouin-Deslauriers, a six-foot-four, 189-pound native of St-Jean-Richelieu, Quebec, will join the Oilers in Minnesota for the first game of their three-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild.

The Oilers’ second choice, 31st overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry has appeared in 54 games for the Falcons this season and is 24-16-5 with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

This is the third time this season that the 23-year-old goaltender has been recalled from Springfield. He was previously recalled on November 13th and again on December 22nd, but did not see any playing time before being returned to Edmonton’s AHL affiliate.”

Obviously, with back-to-back games in Colorado Friday and Calgary Saturday, there’s enough concern about Mathieu Garon’s ankle that a move was made. The question now: does Drouin-Deslauriers start against the Flames?

—Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 5pm on Total Sports with Bob Stauffer on Team 1260.

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  • I thought Wild was originally signed to some type of contract that does not count against the 50 – maybe he is still on that? Maybe Anderson is the same?

    Sorry I know that's vague but its some sort of deal that does not count against the 50 – Wild still may not – I would presume his deal actually starts next season.

  • Tommy

    Seems like the Oilers have a knack for identifying older talent from relatively unconventional sources.

    Drouin-Deslauriers vs. Calgary?

    Sure, why not. It'll take our average age down a couple more notches. Can't hurt right?


  • RobinB

    Pat: No particulars or confirmation from the Oilers yet.
    I'd suspect, given the 50-contract situation, we're looking at a pro tryout for Anderson or another deal that does not breach the limit. When I know, you will, too.

  • Kris

    About the contract thing, I got this from the falcons website

    "The Falcons announced Tuesday that they have signed defenseman Cody Wild to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). Wild made his AHL debut on Wednesday, March 19 against Manchester, followed by also playing Friday night at Portland.

    Wild recently finished his third season with Providence College where he collected four goals and 18 assists for 22 points and 28 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Friars. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Limestone, Maine was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round (140th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft."

  • RobinB

    OK, I just talked with Oiler VP of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast and he tells me Anderson is going to Springfield on an AHL tryout.
    The Oilers are at 49 contracts as the agreements with Cody Wild and Anderson are not considered "contracts" in terms of the 50-contract limit.
    KP tells me Anderson will join the Falcons Wednesday.

  • nullterm

    Keep in mind, if the contract takes effect for next year, technically they have plenty of space given the number of players that need to re-signed.

    I think with the contracts at the moment it's at 49, not including Wild or Anderson.

  • fyvmvv

    I would go with Rollie from here on in. I am quite willing to check out DesLauriers in the exhibition season next September. The only exception to that would be if the Oilers are officially eliminated within the next week or so. On the job training has merit, but not just yet.