As 36 Oilers prospects prepare to descend on Jasper for a week of orientation, Oilers prospect Ethan Bear is celebrating a little more than his second camp, having just signed his entry-level contract with the organization today.
“It feels amazing,” said Bear. “You know I work very hard during the season and in the off season and it feels really rewarding to sign with Edmonton is a real big honour.”
Coming off a strong season recording 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, the blueliner said he worked hard and felt he improved in many areas of his game.
“Transitions, tight turn, lateral movement, especially defending in my own zone, boxing out players in front, and especially getting my shots through — I think those things really paid off for me.”
As an experienced orientation camp-goer, Bear has an idea of what to expect this year and is ready for the upcoming week.
“I guess the experience from last year, knowing what I’m coming up against and knowing how much work you have to put into it and to learn, how much you’ve got to pay attention and put in detail. I know I’m expected to do that and it’s going to be another fun camp.”