TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers announced three player signings on Thursday afternoon, as head coach Rob Murray chose to return two familiar players from the 2016-17 squad and pick up another who is new to Tulsa.
Third-year forward and fan favorite Christophe Lalancette, forward Alexandre Ranger, and defenseman Daniel Johnston put ink to paper and joined the Oilers preseason roster, bolstering the forward corps as the offseason careens toward training camp, which is slated to begin in the first week of October.
Lalancette, 23, enters his third season in Tulsa after playing a career-high 69 games last season. The Roberval, Quebec native has 69 points (23g, 46a) in 132 ECHL games with the Oilers. Lalancette played four seasons of juniors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he compiled 190 points (61g, 129a) in 237 games with Acadie-Bathurst and Drummondville.
The 6’0, 179-pound center was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Ranger, 22, posted six points (2g, 4a) in just seven games with the Oilers at the end of last season. Tulsa acquired his rights from the Norfolk Admirals in December, while he was playing for San Antonio in the American Hockey League. The LaSalle, Quebec native also signed a tryout with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, where he had two points (1g, 1a) in eight games.
Ranger will participate in the Manitoba Moose training camp, which starts Monday.
Johnston, 24, joins the Oilers for his fifth professional season after spending the entire 2016-17 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Calgary, Alberta native skated for Idaho, Wichita, and Alaska the previous year, where he played in 22 games for the Aces under new Oilers coach Rob Murray. Johnston also spent time with Evansville and Colorado earlier in his career. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman has totaled 58 points (13g, 45a) in 190 ECHL games. Before turning pro, he played six seasons of juniors in the Western Hockey League for Portland and Lethbridge.
The signing of these three players elevates the Oilers roster to 16 players (14 skaters, two goalies) altogether as of this report.