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Centre Jerred Smithson 'excited' to join Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers traded a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft to the Florida Panthers for centre...

The Edmonton Oilers traded a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft to the Florida Panthers for centre Jerred Smithson on Wednesday. (QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:31 PM ET

Jerred Smithson is a busy guy at the moment.

The newest member of the Edmonton Oilers found out he had been dealt Wednesday afternoon as he was leaving the Florida Panthers practice facility.

Later that night he and his fiancée, Jaymie, were scheduled to go to the hospital to induce the birth of their first child.

“Yeah, there’s a lot going on in my world right now,” said Smithson shortly after the trade was announced. “But hockey-wise, I’m excited, I can’t wait to join the group and be part of the team.

“That’s a team that I played a lot of games against during my Nashville days. It’s a team that the direction they are going, it’s pretty exciting. They’re a good hockey club and to get a chance to be a part of it, is very exciting.”

Smithson, 34, was acquired by the Oilers from the Panthers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry draft. The product of Vernon, B.C., had two goals and five assists in 35 games with the Panthers this


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