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BLOG: Oilers sign Markus Granlund to one-year contract

"When (looking) at the roster, I think obviously there are great players and I think it's a good spot for me to be kind of a depth guy," the 26-year-old forward said

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers signed unrestricted free agent forward Markus Granlund to a one-year contract on Monday after the 26-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.

"When (looking) at the roster, I think obviously there are great players and I think it's a good spot for me to be kind of a depth guy and be able to play with McDavid and Draisaitl to help the team win," Granlund, speaking to the Edmonton media following his signing, said.

A product of Oulu, Finland, Granlund recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 77 games with the Canucks in '18-19 and took regular reps at centre and wing when Vancouver encountered injury issues down the middle late in the season. 

Further, Granlund sees his role as a depth forward extending to special teams and having an impact on the Oilers penalty kill that finished 30th in the NHL last season (74.8 per cent).

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"I think on the PK, you have to be a smart player," he said. "You have to read how the other power play is going to play, so I think that's one of the good parts of my game."

Across six seasons in the NHL, the forward has recorded 97 points (55G, 42A) in 301 career games - all in Western Canada and the Pacific Division with the Canucks and Calgary Flames.

"The last five or six years I've been playing here in Western Canada, so I like all those cities and all those battles and games. They're going to be great," Granlund added.

"Every time when you play in Canada and you're part of a Canadian team, all the fans love hockey. I like it and it's a good thing."

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