The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with University of North Dakota defenceman Dillon Simpson on a three-year entry level contract.
Simpson, 21, has played four seasons for the University of North Dakota, accumulating 75 points (16G, 59A) in 156 games.
The Edmonton, Alberta native was named captain of North Dakota for the 2013-14 season, making him the youngest captain since Greg Johnson (1991-92) and the tenth youngest captain in program history.
This season the University of North Dakota captain posted 23 points (7G, 16A) and 20 penalty minutes in 42 games, including setting a career high in goals. He led the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in blocked shots (109) as well as led all North Dakota defenceman in goals. He also earned All-Conference honours, along with fellow Oilers draft choice Joey Laleggia
The 6’2”, 197-pound senior played a key role in North Dakota’s national championship run, helping them win their regional tournament to advance to the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Philadelphia. North Dakota fell short of the national championship as they were defeated in the national semi-final by arch rival Minnesota.
Simpson was selected by Edmonton in the 4th round, 92nd overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.