Just about a week ago, the Edmonton Oilers traded prospect Tobias Rieder to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for the rights to prospect left winger Kale Kessy. Today, the Oilers announced that they signed Kessy to a three-year, entry-level contract. It’s not a surprise considering the season that he’s having.
Kessy has played the past five season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Kamloops Blazers and was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Currently, the Blazers are in a playoff run and defeated the Victoria Royals this past Monday by a score of 6-2 to take the first round of the playoff series four games to two. Kessy was a big part of that as he scored a hat trick in that game to lead them to victory. It was the very first hat trick in his short hockey career. The second round of the playoffs began tonight in Kelowna for the Blazers.
He has had a remarkable 2012-13 season aside from the playoffs as he’s played 60 games and tallied 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists). Although, Kessy is unlikely to join the Oilers NHL roster right away and will develop with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, but he will surely be a great addition to the team eventually.