‘Marquee’ Air Force goalie Starrett signs with Oilers

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Edmonton has added an intriguing goalie prospect to the mix.

On Monday, the club announced it inked 6-foot-5 Air Force netminder Shane Starrett to a two-year, entry-level contract.

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Starrett, 22, appeared in 37 games with the NCAA’s Air Force Falcons (Atlantic Hockey) this season, posting a record of 26-6-4, a 1.99 goals against average and .925 save percentage, as well as five shutouts.

This past season he was named the Most Valuable Player at the Atlantic Hockey Final Four and was voted by his teammates as the Falcons Most Valuable Player for a second straight year. Starrett was also a semi-finalist this season for the Mike Richter Award, given to the nation’s top goaltender.

Starrett, a sophomore, backstopped the Falcons to the NCAA championship this year, where they defeated Western Michigan before losing to Harvard in the national quarterfinals. Air Force head coach Frank Serratore called Starrett the club’s “marquee player.”

In other Oilers news, the club also agreed to terms with KHL blueliner Ziyat Paigin, also on a two-year ELC. Paigin, a seventh-round pick in ’15, played most of this year with Ak-Bars Kazan, but also appeared in two games with the club’s AHL affiliate in Bakersfield.