The Edmonton Oilers have added some depth to the forward group, signing Adam Cracknell to a one-year two-way contract. The deal will be for 2020-21 and brings Cracknell back to North America after his stint in the KHL.
Now 35, Cracknell is the epitome of a hockey journeyman. Since being drafted in the ninth round of the 2004 draft by the Calgary Flames, he’s suited up for the: Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Las Vegas Wranglers, Quad City Flames, Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Wolves, Columbus Blue Jackets, Springfield Falcons, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Laval Rocket, Toronto Marlies, San Diego Gulls, Anaheim Ducks, and Kunlun Red Star. 210 of those appearances came at the NHL level, including a season in which he scored 10 goals for the Stars.
It’s unlikely that he’ll see much action for the Oilers next season, but he did record 24 points in the KHL last season and could be an injury replacement should they run into any trouble next season. More likely he’ll be playing for the Bakersfield Condors where his experience and leadership will come in handy. Though the contract details were not released, you can bet that Cracknell will earn the league minimum at the NHL level.