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Oilers trade draft pick for rights to Red Deer Rebels forward

Jayden Grubbe, seen here with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on May 31, 2023. (Source: Oilers) Jayden Grubbe, seen here with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on May 31, 2023. (Source: Oilers)
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The Edmonton Oilers made their first trade of the offseason Wednesday, picking up 20-year-old prospect centreman Jayden Grubbe from the New York Rangers.

Grubbe, who was drafted in the third round in 2021, is from Calgary and played junior for the Red Deer Rebels.

In exchange, the Rangers received the Oilers fifth-round selection in next month's draft.

A 6'3" right-handed centreman, Grubbe scored 18 goals and added 49 assists in 64 games this year with the Rebels.

The Oilers announced at 2 p.m. that Grubbe signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team, something they had until Thursday to do or he would have re-entered the draft.

The terms of the deal were not announced.

The trade leaves the Oilers with just three of their seven draft picks, after the others were included in deals for Mattias Ekholm, Nick Bjugstad and Derick Brassard.

The NHL Draft is June 28 and 29 in Nashville, Tenn.

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