TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers have signed several players to the 2018-19 camp roster, and head coach Rob Murray has made a key roster move in the last few weeks as the team slowly comes together after the offseason hibernation.
The most recent addition is third-year defenseman Eric Drapluk, who posted big numbers in 2017-18.
Drapluk, who signed on Thursday, returns to the Oilers for his third season in the maroon and blue after posting a career-high 32 points (8g, 24a) in 70 games in 2017-18. The 25-year-old Florida native topped his rookie numbers of 19 points (2g, 17a) in 68 games by a wide margin, recording his first career hat trick on February 24 against Colorado.
One of the more significant announcements for the team in the offseason, and certainly one of the most anticipated announcements for Oiler Nation, was the announcement that goaltender Devin Williams would be returning to the goal crease in 2018-19.
The 22-year-old had an impressive rookie season in the Tulsa net, turning in a 15-11-3 record in 38 games. He won three of his first four starts, tied for second overall in shutouts in the ECHL, and was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week in the second week of the 2017-18 season.
In other Oilers goalie news, Murray traded Jake Hildebrand to Kalamazoo for forward Scott Henegar, who was signed to a contract.
Henegar joins the Oilers after spending the last two seasons with the Wings where he compiled 46 points (25g, 21a) in 134 games. Last season, Henegar posted 23 points (11g, 12a) and 51 penalty minutes in 63 appearances. The Trenton, MI native played college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was a teammate of former Oilers forward Garrett Ladd.
Rounding out the roster activity for Tulsa is the signing of rookie forward Sam Wilbur and rookie blueliner Zach Todd. Right out of the gate, Wilbur showed a lot of promise notching his first assist in his professional debut March 10 vs Wichita. Six nights later, he tallied his first career goal against Kansas City. Overall, Wilbur put up four points in 12 games (2g, 2a).
Todd played in four games for the Atlanta Gladiators last season, notching his first professional goal against the Orlando Solar Bears on April 6. He comes to Tulsa for his first full season as a professional by way of Mercyhurst College (PA) where he suited up in 104 games from 2014-18 for the Lakers, compiling 53 points (10g, 43a) during his college career. In his senior year, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound defenseman totaled a career-best 26 points (3g, 23a) in 37 games.
The announced Oilers preseason roster now stands at eight players; four forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, with additional signings expected in the coming weeks. You can keep up with the latest moves across the ECHL, by visiting our transactions page!