According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Edmonton Oilers have inked NCAA free agent forward Joseph Gambardella to a two-year, entry-level contract.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 28, 2017
Gambardella, a native of Staten Island, New York who turned 23 in December, spent the past few seasons with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks of the NCAA, where he racked up 47 goals and 82 assists in 151 career games. Gambardella’s 52 points in 41 games this season was the best on his team, and was good for 11th in NCAA. He also became the first ever UMass-Lowell player to win the Walter Brown Trophy for best American-born forward in New England, beating out names like Clayton Keller, Colin White, Charlie McAvoy, and Tage Thompson for the honour.
There’s no word yet on what bonuses Gambardella will receive on his entry-level deal or what his cap hit would be. His contract will begin in 2017-18, but according to EliteProspects he’ll be joining the Bakersfield Condors for the remainder of the AHL season.