The Edmonton Oilers addressed their main need today by signing college forward Bryan Lerg. He played for Michigan State (Shawn Horcoff, Mike York) and was the Spartans top scorer this season.
Lerg went 20-19-39 in 42 games and led the club in powerplay goals (10). He also led the team in goals last season and was a major part of the 2007 national championship team.
Lerg is 22 and it is a two-year deal as dictated by the CBA.
He addresses the team’s main need throughout the organization (goal scorers) and should be considered a serious prospect based on the Oilers own history in regard to signing undrafted college players. The last college free agent I can recall them signing was Mike Bishai (May 28, 2002) and the last college player they signed who has had a legit NHL career was Ty Conklin (signed April 17, 2001). I stand to be corrected on both pieces of information.
Considering the number of undrafted college free agents who find their way to the NHL, it is an area of procurement the Oilers should mine more often. Perhaps Lerg is the beginning.