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Oilers Ink Patrick Russell For One More Year

2018-19’s fifth highest scorer in Bakersfield signed for another year at a nice price

Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues
Russell’s 40 points was good for fifth in scoring on the Condors
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This is the kind of deal that all players with the surname Russell should receive.

The Oilers re-signed Patrick Russell to a one year deal. Numbers have not yet been released, but it’s probably a fair guess that it’s less than a million. Russell signed with the Oilers as an undrafted free agent back in 2016.

Patrick Russell had a fine 2018-19 season with Bakersfield, where he scored 40 points (18-22-40) in 51 games. 40 points placed Russell fifth in points on the Condors. In ten postseason games, Russell had seven points (2-5-7).

Russell made his NHL debut when he was called up in November. He played in six games before being returned. Russell was a pending unrestricted group six free agent (like Anthony Stolarz), he would have been free to sign with any team on July 1st.

Gotta love that AHL camera view. Sheesh.

Russell’s deal is an NHL deal, so he’ll get paid the same regardless of whether he’s in Bakersfield or Edmonton. It’s pretty up in the air as to whether or not he’ll be on the Oilers’ opening night roster in 2019-20, but he may prove to be a decent 13th or 14th forward if he is.