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Oilers sign Gregory Stewart, Ryan O'Marra

Friday, 07.16.2010 / 1:37 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced Friday that the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forwards Gregory Stewart and Ryan O'Marra on one-year contracts.

Stewart, 24, spent most of the 2009-10 season with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring 5 goals and adding 5 assists with 90 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder also saw action in five games with the Montreal Canadiens, going pointless with 11 penalty minutes.

Stewart has appeared in 26 career NHL games, collecting an assist and 48 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the eighth round (No. 246) in the 2004 Entry Draft.

O’Marra, 23, got his first taste of NHL action last season when he played in three games with the Oilers, recording an assist. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound forward appeared in 74 games with Springfield of the AHL, where he scored 12 goals and 6 assists for 18 points.

O’Marra was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (No. 15) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Edmonton in 2007 with Robert Nilsson and a first-round pick in exchange for Ryan Smyth. In 175 AHL games he has 19 goals and 23 assists.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery