According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Edmonton Oilers have signed Western Hockey League free-agent Cameron Hebig to an entry-level contract.
The #Oilers have signed forward Cameron Hebig to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 20-year-old Saskatoon native currently leads @BladesHockey with 28 goals & 51 points in 34 games. pic.twitter.com/eM2209G6VT
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 28, 2017
The 20-year-old Saskatoon center leads the Blades in scoring. Despite his last name, he’s only listed as 6’0 and 182 pounds on the team’s website. Hebig was a free agent after not being selected in the 2015 NHL draft. He had 69 points in 59 games during the 2015-16 season. Hebig attended Pittsburgh’s development camp in 2016, but missed the entire 2016-17 season.
Bob Stauffer, the Oilers colour commentator, says Hebig has explosive speed and adds depth to Edmonton’s limited forward prospects. The Oilers don’t have many forwards, especially right-handed ones, graduating to professional hockey next year. Hebig helps put prospects in Bakersfield instead of American Hockey League veterans getting all the ice time.
Hebig may only be 6’0, but apparently Hefast. Any forward prospect with some speed and scoring will be welcomed by Oilers fans.
Hebig is the second overage CHL player to be signed recently. Barrie Colts’ Aaron Luchuk signed with Ottawa on Tuesday.