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Kris Versteeg signs tryout contract with Oilers

Forward had 38 points with Hurricanes, Kings last season

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Forward Kris Versteeg signed a professional tryout contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Versteeg, 30, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, had four goals and five points in 14 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he had 11 goals and 33 points in 63 games.

"Hopefully I can work my way in there and earn a contract," Versteeg said in comments tweeted by the Oilers. "You've got to expect a lot from yourself and a lot from your teammates every night.

"Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Connor McDavid, It's a great group up the middle and they make wingers like me excited."

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Versteeg was selected by the Boston Bruins (No. 134) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

In nine NHL seasons with the Kings, Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers, he has 131 goals and 313 points in 550 games. He has 17 goals and 44 points in 89 Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015.

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