The Edmonton Oilers have announced they have signed prospect forward Mark Arcobello to a one-year contract according to the team’s press release, terms were not disclosed.
General Manager Craig MacTavish made the announcement mere days after it was rumored that Arcobello was set to go play in Europe.
Set to be a free-agent this summer, Arcobello has spent the past three seasons in the AHL playing for the Oilers affiliate Oklahoma City Barons. Over that span he’s suited up in 173 games while registering 50 goals and 83 assists for 133 points. This past season was by far his best finishing with 22 goals and 46 assists in 74 games. The 24-year old followed up the successful regular season with a stellar playoff run, lighting the lamp 12 times and setting up another 8 in 17 postseason games.
The 5’9″ forward appeared in one game with the Oilers last season, failing to make the score sheet.
Arcobello was undrafted and made his way to the Oilers organization after spending four year’s playing for the University of Yale before signing on as a free-agent.
The rumors of Arcobello heading to Europe came at a bad time after the Oilers had lost Teemu Hartikainen to the KHL, along with three other prospects who chose to head overseas to play. While Arcobello may not make the Oilers lineup next season, it’s reassuring that the organization is able to maintain some prospects in the minor leagues.