“I’m just real excited about the opportunity,” Simpson said by phone. “As a kid, it’s something I wanted to do and have been looking forward to. It’s an exciting time and I’m just grateful I’m able to sign a contract and begin my pro career hopefully soon.”
Simpson, 21, was the 92nd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the last four years at the University of North Dakota. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound blueliner captained UND to a frozen four appearance this past season.
He finished his career at UND with 75 points in 156 games.
Dillon is the son of former Oiler and Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Craig Simpson.