Ryan Mantha was chosen by the New York Rangers in the fourth round, 104th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft. However, he declined a contract offer from New York in favour of another year of development and free agency.
On March 1, the Oilers signed the Niagara IceDogs defender and captain to a three-year entry-level contract.
"Obviously, it's a first-class organization and I think it was the best fit for me moving forward to start my career and I'm looking forward to it," said Mantha.
Mantha went on to captain Niagara to a playoff berth in 2017 and posted 17 goals and 41 assists in 65 games. Now with the Oilers organization, he begins his pursuit of the professional ranks after a two-game stint in the AHL last season. It all begins this weekend in Penticton, BC at the 2017 Young Stars Classic.
"I'm trying to make the NHL, so I'm happy to be here."