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Oilers Strengthen D-Line; Former Oiler Scores In NHL Debut

Oilers Strengthen D-Line; Former Oiler Scores In NHL Debut

TULSA, Okla.The Tulsa Oilers announced on Tuesday the signing of defenseman Garrett Cecere, a 26-year old from Des Moines, Iowa.

Cecere has spent two seasons in the ECHL with the Maine Mariners in 2018-19 and with the Reading Royals last season.  In all, Cecere has three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 73 games in the ECHL and boasts a collegiate and junior hockey career dating back to 2011.

Oilers head coach Rob Murray characterizes Cecere as a stay-at-home, hard-working competitor on the blueline.

“Garrett is a smaller defenseman who competes really hard,” Murray said. “I’m looking for him to bring a bit of an offensive punch to the back end. He has experience at this level, and now is the perfect time to bring him in with us not playing until next Wednesday in Wichita.”

Cecere has experience playing with current Oilers D-man Garrett Cockerill in college at Northeastern and spent the majority of his junior career in the USHL, logging 171 games between Dubuque, Tri-City, and Sioux Falls. Cecere registered 68 points (8G, 60A) and 112 PIM over his USHL career. The defenseman also played 52 games with Janesville of the NAHL, compiling 30 points (6G, 24A) with the Jets.

Former Oiler Scores First Goal In the Show

Monday night, former Tulsa Oiler Dakota Johnson made his debut in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and immediately made an impact with the Oilers former affiliate, scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers current affiliate.

The former Oiler scored his first professional goal in his debut, driving hard to the net before guiding a rebound past the goal line.  Johnson is the second Oilers player in the ECHL era to appear in an NHL game, behind Austin Poganski, who appeared in six games for the Blues between 2019 and this season.  Evan Fitzpatrick also went on call up to the Blues but did not appear on the ice for the team.

Joshua played in 20 games with Tulsa, posting 11 points (3G, 8A) as an Oiler. The Dearborn, MI native also recorded four PIM and a +5 rating.  The 6-foot-2, 198-pound center played his college hockey at Ohio State, compiling 100 points (41G, 59A) in 128 games with the Buckeyes.

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    Rich Lohman covers the Tulsa Oilers for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHOilers.

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