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Oilers Sign Ben Ondrus

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The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ben Ondrus to a one-year two-way contract that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level.  Ondrus is a twenty-eight years old and is a veteran of 437 AHL games in addition to 52 NHL games.  He's not a scorer (only 142 career AHL points) but Ondrus is the exact type of player Oilers' general manager Steve Tambellini has talked about recruiting for the bottom lines (physical, hard worker, filling combatant) and if injuries hit at the bottom of the roster, there's a decent chance he'll be the guy who gets called up ahead some superior offensive options.  With Ondrus under contract the Oilers now have 43 NHL contracts signed.

We can also now see that, although there's still some work to do, the Barons roster is beginning to take shape.  If we assume that the Oilers carry fourteen forwards and seven defenders at the NHL level, the Barons group now looks something like this (with three of the forwards listed starting the year in the NHL):

Paajarvi-Giroux-Eberle
Jacques-Vande Velde-Omark
Reddox-Moran-McDonald
Hartikainen-O'Marra-Ondrus
Marquardt-Kytnar-Cornet

Petiot-Petry
Chorney-Taylor
Motin-Plante
Bendfeld