TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and AHL’s Manitoba Moose, announced the signing of rookie defenseman Eric Drapluk, who returns to Tulsa to begin his first full professional season.
Drapluk begins his first full pro season after joining the Oilers at the end of the 2015-16 season. The Pembroke Pines, Fla. native scored two goals in 14 games with Tulsa, after finishing his senior season at Lake Superior State University in March. He scored his first pro goal April 1 in a 5-3 loss at Quad City.
The 24-year-old spent two seasons of juniors with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League, where he was the team captain in 2011-12. Drapluk scored 13 goals and added 25 assists at LSSU, where he played in 134 games for the Lakers from 2012-16. He was named to the NCAA All-Academic Team his senior season in 2015-16.