The Tulsa Oilers added two long-time rivals in Brandon Wong and Brian Nugent — training partners, friends, and both natives of Victoria, British Columbia. Despite a long history between the two players, they have never put on the same jersey at the same time until now. The Oilers also announced the signing of Russian Igor Vladykovskii.
Wong returned to North America after spending the 2013-14 season in Denmark and Sweden, signing an American Hockey League deal with the Binghamton Senators. Wong never saw the AHL last season, spending the season with the Evansville IceMen and the South Carolina Stingrays. In 69 total games in the ECHL last season, Wong posted 20 goals and 33 assists. In 254 career ECHL games, Wong has a total of 96 goals and 118 assists.
Nugent is entering his third professional season in the ECHL, spending the last two seasons between the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Cincinnati Cyclones. Nugent was traded last season from Cincinnati to the the Missouri Mavericks as a part of a Jack Downing trade, but Nugent wouldn’t play in any games for the Mavericks. In 106 career ECHL games, Nugent scored 19 goals and 21 assists. In four seasons with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats, Nugent posted 15 points in 110 games.
Vladykovskii was a part of the Russian Major-Junior league last season, skating with Dynamo St. Petersburg. The Oilers will be Vladykovskii’s second stop in the United States, having been a part of the North American Hockey League’s Springfield Jr. Blues. In 31 games with the Blues, Vladykovskii scored three goals and two assists.
The Oilers roster now sits at 13 announced players as they make their way towards training camp next week.