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Edmonton Oilers sign Reid Schaefer to entry-level contract

The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time getting their first-round pick from the 2022 draft signed.

The team announced on Friday that they’ve signed Reid Schaefer to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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Schaefer is coming off of a breakout season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. He scored 32 goals and 58 points across 66 games in the regular season and then added six goals and 21 points over the course of 25 playoff games as the Thunderbirds lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Final.

Here’s what Corey Pronman of The Athletic said about Schaefer when the Oilers selected him at No. 32 overall…

“I know he isn’t the sexiest player from a speed/highlight perspective, but he’s a big, nasty goal-scoring winger whose skill level won me over during the course of the season.”

Though Schaefer will return to the WHL for 2022-23, inking his entry-level deal means that he can join the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL once his season with the Thunderbirds has come to an end. Schaefer turns 19 years old in September so this will be his last season in the WHL.

Schaefer has been at the Oilers’ development camp in Edmonton this week and the word is that he’s impressed with his combination of size, skill, and shooting, but that his skating needs a little bit of work.

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SCHAEFER’S JUNIOR CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2019-20 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 33 6 10 16 32 2 0 0 0 2
2019-20 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 7 0 1 1 9 1
2020-21 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 3 0 0 0 2
2020-21 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 18 0 2 2 14 -4
2021-22 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 66 32 26 58 88 29 25 6 15 21 32

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