WALL AND WATSON WORK BACK TO TUSLA FOR SECOND YEARS
Defenseman Kylor Wall and forward Kalvyn Watson re-sign ahead of 2023-24 season
TULSA, Okla. —The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and the AHL’s San Diego Gulls and powered by Community Care, announced Thursday the signings of defenseman Kylor Wall and rookie forward Kalvun Watson.
Wall, 26, joined the Oilers in the back half of last season, notching eight points (3G, 5A) and 50 PIM in 31 games played.
“Wall is a big and strong defenseman,” said head coach Rob Murray. “He has one of the best one-time shots in the league, and he is tough to play against when he deploys an edge. WE signed him later in the year last season, and with a full training camp and a good start to this season, we like what he brings.”
As a pro, Wall totals 13 points (6G, 7A) in 48 ECHL games, having played 17 games with Fort Wayne at the end of the 2021-22 season.
The Edmonton, Alberta native stayed in his home province for junior hockey, dressing for Calgary and Okotoks in the AJHL and compiling 77 points (28G, 49A) in 207 games. The 6’2, 231 lbs. blueliner also spent four seasons in USports, finishing his college career with 34 points (8G, 26A) in 41 games with Nipissing University and 20 games with Trinity Western.
Watson, 21, began his professional career with the Oilers last season, nabbing four points (1G, 3A) in 10 games upon the completion of his junior career.
“Watty came in even later last year at the end of his junior career,” said head coach Rob Murray. “He brings high-end energy to our lineup. He showed in the limited time he had with us last year how skilled he is. He has sneaky speed, a rapid release and puts himself in good positions offensively.”
An offensive producer, Watson closed his OHL career with 110 points (53G, 57A) in 155 appearances with the Soo Greyhounds, including 66 points (35G, 31A) in 68 games his final season.
Watson showed great ability getting the puck of his blade in his short time with the Oilers last season, collecting his first professional goal just 2:30 into his second professional game in Maine on April 1.
The Oilers play two preseason games in 2023. Starting on the road against the Allen Americans at Nytex Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. The Oilers return to Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:05 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center, hosting the Americans in the second game of a home-and-home series.
Tulsa opens its season on the road on Saturday, Oct. 21 in West Valley City, Utah at 8:10 p.m. CT against the Utah Grizzlies. The Oilers return to “The Rig” for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 28, hosting the Cincinnati Cyclones for an inter-divisional battle at the BOK Center at 7:05 p.m.
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The Tulsa Oilers Family, consisting of the Tulsa Oilers Hockey Team (ECHL) the Tulsa Oilers Football Team (IFL), The Oilers Ice Center and the WeStreet Ice Center aims to provide entertainment and camaraderie for the Greater Tulsa community. Starting originally as a hockey team in 1928, the Oilers added Tulsa Oilers Football, The Oilers Ice Center and announced the construction of the WeStreet Ice Center in 2022. The Oilers Family continues to grow and provide top-tier entertainment in 2023 and beyond.