Oilers Sign Dylan Wells To Entry-Level Deal
The Edmonton Oilers have announced an agreement with goaltender Dylan Wells on a three-year entry level contract. The 19-year-old Peterborough Petes netminder was a 5th-round selection in last year’s NHL entry draft.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oilers?src=hash">#Oilers</a> have signed goaltender Dylan Wells to a three-year entry-level contract following a strong season with <a href="https://twitter.com/PetesOHLhockey">@PetesOHLhockey</a>. <a href="https://t.co/HNaoU6pgaP">pic.twitter.com/HNaoU6pgaP</a></p>— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) <a href="https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/864873252920754177">May 17, 2017</a></blockquote><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Despite mediocre numbers in his 17/18-year-old season with the Petes, scouts remained high on Wells’ athletic ability and acrobatic style. He even managed to earn a spot at the 2015-16 CHL Top Prospects game. The projected talent ceiling remained quite high, but it all hinged on him being able to dial back his somewhat over-aggressive nature on the ice.
His numbers drastically improved in 2016-17, increasing his save percentage by a whopping 4.5%. This success on the stat sheet also translated to success in the standings, as the Petes enjoyed their greatest season in 11 years. They were ultimately swept by the powerhouse Mississauga Steelheads in the third round, but it was a tremendous year to build on for Wells – and proof that he could become the goaltender that the Oilers saw in him when they drafted him.
Wells falls short of being eligible to play in the AHL next season by a mere three days. He will be returning to Peterborough for another season, and will move on to professional hockey the following season. This is great news for fans of the OHL team as they look to follow-up an excellent season with even more success.