TULSA, OK — In a flurry of activity over the past two weeks, the Tulsa Oilers strengthened their roster with three players when they added defenseman Chris Joyaux and goaltenders Jake Hildebrand and Tyler Parks to their roster.
They join Dennis Brown, Eric Drapluk and Charlie Sampair who were signed to the team in July bringing the total number of players committed to the Oilers to six total.
Last week, Chris Joyaux became the first of the trio to put pen to paper.
Joyaux, a Bloomington Illinois native, played in 54 games for Tulsa last season, scoring a lone goal and adding 16 assists for 15 points. Joyaux’s tally last year was a big one, the game winner in an Oilers victory over the Allen Americans on December 2. The game-winner was also his first as a pro.
After four seasons at Miami University (Ohio), Joyaux appeared in eight games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps at the end of 2015-16. He recorded his first career point with the IceCaps, an assist on March 23, 2016, at Rochester. In addition, Joyaux played three seasons of junior hockey in the USHL with Des Moines and Chicago.
With Joyaux signed, Tulsa head coach Rob Murray then turned his attention to his goal crease and put two goalies on paper, Jake Hildebrand and Tyler Parks.
Hildebrand, 24, signed an American Hockey League contract with the Rockford IceHogs in 2016-17 and spent most of the season with the Indy Fuel, where he went 18-21-3 with a 3.75 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 47 appearances. He also played in three games with the IceHogs and was tagged with one loss in those appearances.
The Butler, PA native won the Kelly Cup with the Allen Americans in 2015-16, after joining the team at the conclusion of his senior season at Michigan State University. Hildebrand went 5-1-0 in six regular season games for the Americans, with a 2.31 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He also went 3-2 during the team’s playoff run.
Before turning pro, Hildebrand was a four-year starter at Michigan State, where he appeared in 133 games and compiled a career 2.54 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
The 25-year-old Parks turned pro last season, where he played four games for the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Evansville Thunderbolts, before finding a home with the SPHL’s Peoria Rivermen.
The St. Louis, MO native posted an 8-3-4 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 17 games with the Rivermen. He also appeared in two games in late January with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound goaltender spent two seasons at St. Lawrence University from 2013-15 before finishing his amateur career at Adrian College in 2015-16. Parks previously spent two seasons of juniors in the North American Hockey League with the Springfield Jr. Blues in 2011-12 and Minot Minotauros in 2012-13.
The team is expected to make several more announcements of player signings in the coming weeks.
The most anticipated announcement, however, remains the team’s partnership with a team or teams in the NHL and AHL. The team is mum on the subject, but have indicated that they are in negotiations and should have an announcement within the next two to three weeks.