Cogliano opts for the pros

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

School's out for Andrew Cogliano.

The Edmonton Oilers announced yesterday that they signed Cogliano, who will leavue the University of Michigan two years early.

"We think he's going to be a good pro and a big part of the Oilers in the future," said assistant general manager Scott Howson.

"He'll have a chance to make the team right away. That's not saying we're expecting him to make the team right away, but he's got the kind of speed and the smarts that he can come to training camp and impress and go from there."

Cogliano, 19, was the Oilers first pick - 25th overall - in the 2005 NHL entry draft. Last season the five-foot-nine, 185-pound centre scored 24 goals and added 26 assists in 38 games for the Wolverines.

He was a member of Canada's gold-medal entry at the last two world junior championships.

"He's at the top of our prospect list," Howson said.


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