Oilers sign Finnish league standout Laurikainen


The Edmonton Oilers added some goaltending depth on Tuesday, announcing the signing of Finnish goalie Eetu Laurikainen to a two-year entry-level deal.

Laurikainen, 22, spent last season with the SM-liiga’s Espoo Blues, going 17-10-9 with a 2.10 GAA and .933 save percentage. Previously, he spent two years with Swift Current in the Western Hockey League.

This marks one of new GM Peter Chiarelli’s first moves since coming aboard in late April, and it addresses one of Edmonton’s major areas of need. The Ben Scrivens-Viktor Fasth combo didn’t work last season and it’s expected the Oilers will be aggressive in trying to upgrade their goaltending situation this offseason — not at just the NHL level, but throughout the organization.

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