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Oilers sign first-round pick Schremp

10/7/2005 - NHL Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers have
signed center Rob Schremp, the 25th overall pick of the 2004
draft, to a three-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 5-11, 200-pound Schremp was the Oilers' second pick in the
first round of the 2004 draft. They also selected goaltender
Devan Dubnyk with the 14th pick.

Schremp scored one goal in six preseason games with the Oilers
before being returned to the London Knights of the Ontario
Hockey League on Oct. 3.

"We are pleased to sign Rob to his first NHL contract," Oilers
assistant general manager Scott Howson said. "He had an
outstanding training camp with us and we are looking forward to
him playing a part in the future success of the Oilers."

The 19-year-old native of Fulton, New York had 41 goals and 49
assists to finish fourth in the OHL in scoring last season. He
also had 29 points, including 13 goals, during the playoffs to
help the Knights win the Memorial Cup.

The Oilers on Friday also activated goaltender Jussi Markkanen
from injured reserve.

A fifth-round pick of Edmonton in 2001, Markkanen missed the
entire preseason and Edmonton's season opener with a fractured
clavicle.

Markkanen was traded to the New York Rangers in June 2003 but
returned to the Oilers in a five-player deal nine months later.
In 69 career games, the 30-year-old Finn owns a 23-26-8 record
with seven shutouts and a 2.33 goals-against average.