The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Tyler Spurgeon to a three-year NHL entry level contract.
The 5'10", 190-pound forward joins the Oilers' organization following four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. The Oilers' ninth choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, scored 7-17-24 in 39 games with Kelowna in 2005-06 and added three assists and 14 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. The Rockets' team captain was sidelined for over half the season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Spurgeon scored 43-81-124 in 212 career WHL regular season games with the Rockets and registered 99 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old native of Edmonton scored 17-19-36 with 41 PIM in 72 career WHL playoff games.
Spurgeon was a member of Kelowna's 2004 Memorial Cup championship team and helped the Rockets win the 2005 WHL championship.