Oilers ink Green

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:17 AM ET

EDMONTON - Having made most of their major acquisitions on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers have turned their attention to stocking their minor-league shelves.

On Sunday the Oilers announced they had signed veteran Josh Green to a one-year, two-way contract, bringing the winger back for his second spell with the organization.

“It kind of came out of nowhere, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next year,” said Green. “I was dealing with the Anaheim Ducks before the deadline and nothing materialized there. I had a couple of different offers and then this one came up.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity to get back to an organization that I loved being with and know some of people that are still there, even though they’ve been through a lot of changes.”

Green is expected to provide depth for the Oilers organization, but will be coming to camp looking to earn a spot on the NHL roster.

A Camrose native, Green, 33, played most of his junior hockey in Medicine Hat and was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round — 30 overall — of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

He went on to play 27 games for the Kings before being traded to the New York Islanders.

Green was first acquired by the Oilers prior to the 2000 season, along with Eric Brewer and a second-round pick for defenceman Roman Hamrlik.

Green missed most of that season with a shoulder injury, suiting up in just two games with the Hamilton Bulldogs and three playoff games with the Oilers.

The following season, Green scored 10 goals and added five assists in 61 games for the Oilers in what turned out to be his longest stretch during an NHL season.

Green was traded to the New York Rangers the next year, where he was eventually waived and picked up by the Washington Capitals.

Since then, Green has spent time with the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks organization. He’s also had a couple of stints in Europe.

Last year the six-foot-three, 215-pound winger spent most of the season with the Syracuse Crunch, scoring 15 goals and adding 31 assists for 46 points. He also played 12 games for the Ducks, failing to record a point.

“I think my family and I are used to all the moving around right now,” Green said. “I think it was tougher earlier in my career when I was trying to get established, stay in one place and trying to build some roots.

“When it wasn’t happening earlier in my career I think that was the most frustrating part. We’ve kind of grown accustomed to it now and we take it year by year and every year is a new experience and a new opportunity.”

Oilers set for camp

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is anxious to see his new crop of talent out on the ice.

On Monday, the Oilers will host their annual development camp where most of this year’s draft picks, including first overall selection Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, will skate together for the first time.

They’ll be joined by members of the previous two year’s class for a week-long session at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park that culminates with a three-on-three tournament Saturday.

“It’ll be exciting to see those new guys on the ice,” Tambellini said. “But also it’ll be good to see the steps that (Tyler) Pitlick, (Curtis) Hamilton and (Martin) Marincin, and those type of players have made and what they look like with a year under their belt.”

The Oilers will have 31 players attend the development camp. The only player not attending the camp from this year’s draft class will be defenceman Oscar Klefborn, who is still under contract with his Swedish Elite League team.

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