The Oilers have signed one of their prospects today, announcing the signing of forward Jake Chiasson to a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released but the team noted that the contract will begin next season.
The 19-year-old was a fourth-round pick by Edmonton back in 2021 (116th overall) and accordingly, the team had to sign him by June 1st or give up his rights. Chiasson has split his time between Brandon and Saskatoon of the WHL this season and has seen his production improve after being dealt to the Blades. Between the two squads, he has 20 goals and 34 assists in 66 games.
It’s worth noting that Chiasson could go back to the WHL next season as a 20-year-old and while that isn’t always the best route to take, it’s at least worth considering here. Between injuries and pandemic-shortened campaigns, he has just 170 total appearances at the junior level, not much more than two full seasons worth of experience. Accordingly, there could be some room for improvement if Chiasson stays with the Blades for one more year but if he does, he will still burn the first season of his contract.