The Edmonton Oilers have just rewarded one of their young workhorses.
According to a breaking news report from the Edmonton Oilers organization, the team has just agreed to terms on a brand new contract with 25 year old right winger Josh Currie. The Oilers are reporting that the contract will be a two year deal but they have not provided any other details at the time of this writing. We do not know how much Currie will earn in either year of the deal but there may be some things that we can infer here based on the nature of this announcement.
The first is that I believe this will be a two way deal for Currie. Although this is purely speculation on my part at this time the mere fact that this deal was announced by the Oilers themselves, as opposed to their American Hockey League affiliate the Bakersfield Condors, would indicate to me that this is going to be a National Hockey League contract for Currie. If I am indeed correct here this would mark a monumental moment in the young man's career as this would be his very first NHL contract.
The 25 year old winger went undrafted after playing the early years of his career with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and eventually found his way to the East Coast Hockey League. After three seasons in the ECHL he was then picked up by the Bakersfield Condors and has now spent the past three seasons as a member of that organization. In spite of being somewhat on the older side of things for a forward prospect Currie has shown consistent improvement at the AHL level season after season.
During the During the 2016 - 2017 AHL season Currie set a new career high in goals (22) and tied his career high for assists (14) on his way to recording 38 points over the course of 67 games that year. In this most recent season, the 2017 - 2018 AHL season, Currie showed another dimension to his game by recording 20 goals and shattering his career high in assists with 26 helpers all adding up to a career high of 46 points. It is undoubtedly these two performances that have elevated Currie in the eyes of the Oilers organization and that is likely why he was offered what has to be by far the most lucrative contract offer of his career thus far.
It's impossible to tell whether or not Currie will get any playing time at the NHL level this upcoming season or if he does how much time he could end up seeing on an NHL ice surface, but at the very least the Oilers consider him a viable option. Should the Oilers feel the need to use some additional forward depth to give some of their more core players a rest, or worse yet should they suffer significant injuries up front in their line up, Currie could be one of the players that they lean on in this upcoming season.