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Oilers win derby for James Stephan

Oilers win derby for James Stephan

James Stephan He made his choice. He plays for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers were one of 6-8 teams interested in signing the 20-year-old forward who has yet to be drafted by an NHL team.

son Patrick Stefanwho was previously selected first overall in 1999 by the Atlanta Trashers, had an exceptional season with the Portland Winterhawks and can now sign with the team of his choice.

Stefan, is one of many prospects who had their draft year disrupted by Covid. Born in August 2003, he was initially eligible for the 2021 draft, during which many CHL players, especially those in the OHL, had their seasons significantly disrupted, if not canceled entirely.

Stefan was one of them, as instead of a crucial sophomore season with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, he played most of the season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL as part of an unexpected transfer, where he struggled to make a name for himself. To attract the attention of NHL teams.

On the other hand, since returning to the Canadian minors, he has been a dominant player. Especially this year when he scored 48 goals and 51 assists for 99 points in 64 games.

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