Just days away from the start of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the Edmonton Oilers have announced the signing of three players to NHL entry level contracts.
Goulet | Young
Edmonton has signed left wing Stephane Goulet and defenceman Bryan Young to three-year contracts and free agent centre Patrick Thoresen to a two-year deal.
Both Goulet and Young, who were selected by the Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, helped their respective junior teams to berths in the 2006 Memorial Cup tournament, while Thoresen was a member of Norway's national team at the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
The 6'3", 200 pound Goulet enjoyed an outstanding season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. Drafted by the Oilers in the seventh round in 2004, Goulet, a 20-year-old native of Levis, Quebec, scored a career-high 93 points in 67 games to finish as the second leading scorer on the Moncton roster and 21st in the QMJHL. He tallied a single-season career-high 51 goals and 42 assists, while adding 80 penalty minutes and finishing the campaign at +39. His 51 goals ranked fifth in the league and he was also fifth in powerplay goals with 30.
Goulet added 7-8-15 in 13 playoff games as he helped Moncton claim the QMJHL championship and advance to the Memorial Cup tournament. At the Memorial Cup, which was hosted by the Wildcats, Goulet scored 2-2-4 in five games, leading Moncton to the championship final before losing to the Quebec Remparts.
In 190 career games over three seasons in the QMJHL, Goulet scored 79-75-154 with 131 PIM.
Young, the Oilers' sixth choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft was a force on the Peterborough Petes blueline as he helped the Petes win the Ontario Hockey League championship and advance to the Memorial Cup tournament.
The 6'1", 191 pound defenceman from Ennsimore, Ontario, scored 0-10-10 in 64 regular season games for Peterborough and ranked fifth on the Petes' roster with a career-high 113 penalty minutes. Scoreless in Peterborough's championship OHL run, the 19-year-old scored one assist in four games at the Memorial Cup.
Young finished his four seasons with Peterborough with 1-29-30 and 220 PIM in 186 games.
Thoresen joins the Oilers' organization from the European ranks, where he played for teams in Norway, Sweden and Austria. The 5'11", 188 pound centre from Oslo, Norway played the last three seasons with Djurgardens iF of the Swedish Elitserien and the 22-year-old scored 17-19-36 with 44 PIM in 50 games in 2005-06.
He has also played for EC Salzburg of Austria, Storhamar IL of the Norwegian Eliteserien and Morrum GolS.
Thoresen has represented Norway on the international stage as a member of his country's teams at both the IIHF World Championship and World Junior Championship. He was a member of Team Norway at the 2006 championships in Latvia and was named Norway's player-of-the-game in their loss to Canada.
Thoresen also played junior hockey in Canada, spending two seasons in the QMJHL with both Moncton and Baie Comeau. He scored 30-43-73 in 60 games with Moncton in 2001-02 and broke the century mark with Baie Comeau in 2002-03 with 33-75-108 in 71 games.