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Western Michigan's Jordan Oesterle signs with Edmonton Oilers

A year after Danny DeKeyser left early, another WMU blue liner is leaving eligibility on the table.

Jordan Oesterle
Jordan Oesterle
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Western Michigan University junior defenseman Jordan Oesterle has signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The Dearborn Heights, Mich. native had two goals and 15 assists in 34 games played this season. Oesterle will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility to sign a pro deal.

His stock grew as the season progressed, moving from a fourth or fifth defender up to the team's top defensive pairing with Dennis Brown. Oesterle finished the season with a plus/minus of +2.

Oesterle is a smaller defenseman that excels at making excellent decisions with the puck. He's a smooth skater, and plays sound positional defense to make up for a lack of physicality in his game.

The Broncos, coached by former NHL bench boss Andy Murray, were eliminated by the University of Denver in the NCHC semifinals, ending their season. Last season, WMU's Danny DeKeyser was the most coveted NCAA free agent on the market before signing with the Detroit Red Wings.


Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.