The Edmonton Oilers are continuing their trend of looking at collegiate players to add to the line-up. Colorado College blog, Eye Of The Tigers, posted yesterday that defenseman and former captain of the Tigers Ryan Lowery has signed an ATO contract with the Oilers. Lowery will be with the Oilers' rookies at the Young Stars Tournament in Pentiction. A quick look at Lowery's stats and history after the jump.
The 5'11", 185 pound Lowery joined the Tigers hockey team in 2007. In his first two seasons with the team, Lowery scored eleven points in 69 games, and added 57 penalty minutes. The next season, Lowery would best the previous two seasons combined, scoring 18 points in 38 games to go with 35 PIMs. Lowery took over as captain last season, and scored 17 points in 45 games, while nearly doubling his PIMs from the previous season to 62 minutes.
Lowery attended the Washington Capitals' development camp last summer, however he failed to make an impression.
One note of concern is Lowery's recent injury history; the Eye Of The Tigers post says that "Lowery's right wrist is healed." Lowery injured a ligament in his thumb, and continued to play through it for the remainder of the season. Whether there's any long-term issue remains to be seen, but it's something to keep an eye on.
Lowery looks to impress the Oilers' scouts enough during the Young Stars Tournament to earn a second look at the main training camp, or even the at the Barons camp later on in the month. After signing former college players Taylor Fedun (Princeton), Hunter Tremblay (Univ. of New Brunswick), Mark Arcobello (Yale), and Tanner House (Maine) last season, it's obvious the Oilers are looking at many places outside of the draft to help bolster their prospect pool.