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Oilers Sign Andrew Miller

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via www.collegehockeynews.com

After weeks of inactivity on the college free agent market by the Edmonton Oilers, newly minted GM Craig MacTavish wasted no time in getting down to work. A mere 2 days after clearing out Tambellini's office the Oilers announced that they had signed college free agent forward, Andrew Miller to an 1 year entry level contract. The 24 year old has spent the last 4 years playing for the Yale Bulldogs, eventually becoming the team's captain and leading them to this year's NCAA National Championship.

His boxcars from his time at Yale are (via Hockeydb.com):

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

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2009-10 Yale University ECAC 34 5 29 34 12

2010-11 Yale University ECAC 36 12 33 45 18

2011-12 Yale University ECAC 34 7 29 36 8

2012-13 Yale University ECAC 37 18 23 41 15

What is a refreshing breath of air is it appears at least that the Oilers may be bucking the recent trend of acquiring depth "grittiness" and "toughness" in favour of actual hockey ability. However, Miller appears to be a longshot for making the NHL as he is listed at 5'8" and 170 lbs. At best MacTavish has replaced Tobias Rieder.

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