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Edmonton Oilers sign a one-year contract with the leading minor league scorer


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Sam Jones
July 8, 2024  (12:30)
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Edmonton Oilers sign a one-year contract with the leading minor league scorer
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In a significant move for the Edmonton Oilers, the team has inked a new deal with prospect Raphael Lavoie.

The fresh contract is a one-year, two-way arrangement, valued at $775K, signaling a pivotal moment for the young forward's career. This development was confirmed through the team's official announcement
Drafted in the second round by the Oilers in 2019, Lavoie's journey through the professional ranks has been marked by brief NHL appearances and a dominant presence in the AHL. Despite playing only seven games for the Oilers, Lavoie has showcased considerable skill with the Bakersfield Condors, leading the team with 28 goals and amassing 50 points over 66 games. His prowess at the AHL level hints at a promising upside, yet translating that success into NHL impact has been challenging.
The structure of Lavoie's new contract, positioned at the league minimum, suggests that the Oilers are maintaining flexibility. This could pave the way for Lavoie to earn more time on NHL ice, though the path to a regular spot on the Oilers' roster appears congested by a surplus of forwards. The full details of this discussion can be explored further in Jim Matheson's coverage, available at
At 23, Lavoie's potential remains high, but the current composition of the Oilers might not offer him the best stage to flourish. Given the team's strategic needs, Lavoie could very well become a valuable asset in trade discussions, particularly if the Oilers aim to strengthen their defensive lineup. This contract might not just be a simple re-signing; it could also be a strategic move to enhance the team's bargaining power in the market.
As Lavoie gears up for another season, all eyes will be on how his situation unfolds. Will he break through in the NHL, or will his journey take a new direction? Only time will tell, but for now, Raphael Lavoie's career is at a fascinating crossroads, ripe with possibilities.
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