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Edmonton Oilers sign Oil King Martin Gernat to entry-level deal

Martin Gernat celebrates his goal against the Calgary Hitmen during third period of the Oil Kings...

Martin Gernat celebrates his goal against the Calgary Hitmen during third period of the Oil Kings 6-0 win at Rexall Place on Friday. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:52 AM ET

EDMONTON - Martin Gernat is set to move onto the next stage of his hockey career, although he still has some unfinished business at his current level.

On Saturday, it was announced the Oil Kings defenceman had come to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

The news came on the heels of Gernat’s best game with the Oil Kings, scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists in a 6-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen Friday, which evened their WHL Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1.

“It’s a great feeling, I’m really happy to be able to sign my first pro contract,” said Gernat. “It’s a big step for me for the next part of my life and hockey career. I will try to make the NHL as soon as possible.”

Gernat, 20, was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round — 122 overall — of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


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