Oilers add rookies Vernace, Williams

TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, announced the team has signed forward Daniel Vernace and goaltender Devin Williams to contracts for the 2017-18 season.

Vernace, 25, spent the entire 2016-17 season in the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he recorded 24 points (13g-11a) in 55 games between Evansville, Fayetteville and Roanoke. He played 42 of those games for the expansion Rail Yard Dawgs, compiling 19 points (11g-8a).

The North York, Ontario native picked up three assists in 10 games for the Brampton Beast at the end of the 2015-16 season. Vernace played at Lake Superior State University from 2012-16, where he had seven points (5g-2a) in 43 games.

Williams, 21, turns pro after playing one season at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he went 8-4-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage. From 2012-16, the Saginaw, Mich. native appeared in 175 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters. Williams finished his junior career with a 106-47-8 record, a 3.02 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage, with nine shutouts.