The Edmonton Oilers signed five players to PTO contracts on Wednesday, including Scott Allen, Josh Currie, Ryan Hamilton, Frankie Simonelli, and Ryan Vesce, who will all attend training camp, which opens on Sept. 22.
Allen is a 6-3, 207-pound former member of the Anchorage-Alaska men’s hockey team and an Edmonton, Alberta native. He played last season for the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL.
Currie has been a member of the Oilers’ organization, having played with the Norfolk Admirals last season for 13 games, before moving to the Bakersfield Condors where he has spent the majority of his last two years, scoring 24 goals and adding 42 assists for the club.
Hamilton is a former member of the Oilers, having played with the club in both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. He played 16 games for the Oilers during the 2014-2015 campaign and netted his first NHL goal, as well as getting his first assist. He spent all of last season with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Bakersfield, playing in 60 games and scoring 20 goals for the fifth time in a season in his career.
It has been over a decade since Hamilton signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2006 and has continued to keep the dream alive, this time by being invited to Edmonton’s training camp.
Simonelli is a 5-10, 201-pound defenseman that has played with the Providence Bruins of the AHL for the past three seasons.
The 34-year-old Vesce is the elder statesman of the group, having played collegiate hockey at Cornell from 2000 through 2004. His NHL career includes 19 total games with the San Jose Sharks from 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 where he has scored three career goals.