TULSA, OK — Less than 48 hours after announcing the eight players who received qualifying offers, the Tulsa Oilers wasted no time announcing the first player signing of the Rob Murray era. Wednesday, the team announced defenseman Eric Drapluk as the first player to sign for the 2017-18 ECHL Season.
The 25-year-old Pembroke Pines, Florida native played in 68 of the Oilers’ 72 games during his rookie season, scoring two goals and adding 17 assists.
Drapluk is eager to help his team complete some unfinished business next season.
“I’m looking forward to a fresh start after a tough finish to last season,” said Drapluk. “I believe with the right tools put into place, we will have a great chance at bringing a championship to Tulsa. I’m most excited about getting back on the ice in front of the best fans in the ECHL,” Drapluk added.
2016-17 was Drapluk’s first full season as a professional, but he played in 14 games for the Oilers in the spring of 2015-16 at the conclusion of his senior season at Lake Superior State University.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman scored 13 goals and added 25 assists at LSSU, where he played in 134 games for the Lakers from 2012-16. He was named to the NCAA All-Academic Team his senior season in 2015-16.
Prior to college, Drapluk spent two seasons of juniors with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where he served as Captain in 2011-12.
Drapluk is the first of a reported five players who have committed to the Oilers for the coming season, and the other fours are expected at regular intervals as paperwork clears.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!