Oilers sign KHL defenceman Anton Belov

Russia's Anton Belov, No. 7, chases Finland's Janne Pesonen during a round-robin game at the World...

Russia's Anton Belov, No. 7, chases Finland's Janne Pesonen during a round-robin game at the World Hockey Championship in Helsinki on May 10, 2013. (Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - Craig MacTavish calls it “Step One.”

Thursday afternoon the Edmonton Oilers, without press conference, fan fare or much more than a mid-afternoon tweet, announced the signing of a 26-year-old undrafted player.

Normally a signing to cover with a couple paragraphs in ‘Sports Shorts’?

The eventual press release was only four paragraphs:

“General manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Omsk defenceman Anton Belov on a one-year entry level contract.

“Belov, 26, has spent the past five seasons with Avangard Omsk in the KHL, recording 64 points (15 goals, 49 assists) in 227 career games.

“In 2012-13 he appeared in 46 games posting a career high in goals and assists (9-17-26) with a rating of plus 19. In 12 playoff games he tallied four points (1G, 3A) with a rating of plus 24.


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