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The Oilers sign Patrick Russell to a one-year contract extension

It looks like Patrick Russell will get another chance to finally score an NHL goal.

The Oilers announced on Monday that they had signed the forward to a one-year contract extension worth $700,000, which is the league-minimum for the 2020-21 season.

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Russell appeared in 45 games for the Oilers in 2019-20, recording five assists and 58 shots on net. While he wasn’t at all a contributor offensively, Russell was a reliable defensive forward, playing on Edmonton’s penalty kill and managing a positive Expected Goals For differential at even strength.

I would guess that Russell, who hails from Denmark, has a clause in his contract that will allow him to start the season in Europe. The Oilers have lent a couple of their other European NHLers, Gaetan Haas and Joakim Nygard, to professional clubs in Europe as their seasons are starting earlier than North American professional hockey seasons are.

RUSSELL’S OILERS CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 8 9 17 22 -8
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 14 13 27 48 -1
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 51 18 22 40 32 30
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 2
2019-20 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 5 5 12 -11
NHL Totals 51 5 5 14