TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers today issued eight players qualifying offers for the 2015-16 season. Qualifying offers were extended to forwards Drew Fisher, Justin Mansfield, Tommy Mele, and Jeff Jubinville, defensemen Ricards Birzinsh, Scott Macaulay, and Eric Tallent, and goaltender Andy Iles.
Each ECHL team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2015-16 season). None of the players who received qualifying offers from the Oilers fall into the veteran category. Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Players who already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer
The qualifying offer will remain open for acceptance until August 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
Drew Fisher (above) is one of eight players from the 2014-15 roster to receive a qualifying offer. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
Drew Fisher: Enjoyed his most productive season as a pro in 2014-15, led the Oilers in assists (59), points (77), and multi-point games, finished tied for third in the ECHL scoring race, recorded a playoff hat-trick.
Justin Mansfield: Joined the Oilers late in the season as an amateur out of Merrimack College, played defense as well as forward.
Tommy Mele: Scored 21 goals and chipped in 17 assists last season, led the Oilers with 200 penalty minutes, appeared in three games with Oklahoma City Barons (AHL).
Jeff Jubinville: Led all Tulsa rookies in goals (30) and assists (33), finished third in points among all ECHL rookies, second on the squad with a +20 rating, only Oilers’ player to record a four-goal game in 2014-15 season.
Ricards Birzinsh: Latvia native appeared in 47 games last season, his first full season of North American hockey, posted one goal and 13 assists.
Scott Macaulay: Appeared in all 72 games during second season in Tulsa, led the team in power play points (6 goals, 17 assists), named to the ECHL All-Star Team.
Eric Tallent: Earned a +18 rating in 33 games played, one goal and 11 assists in second season in Tulsa.
Andy Iles: Split time last season between Florida Everblades, Alaska Aces, and Tulsa, acquired by the Oilers late in the season, did not appear in a regular season or playoff game.
The Oilers’ search for a new Head Coach is currently underway as Bruce Ramsay ended his six-year tenure behind the Tulsa bench earlier this week to accept an assistant coaching position with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
The 2015-16 season, Tulsa’s second in the ECHL, begins Friday, October 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. For more information on season or group tickets, please call 918-632-7825 or visit www.tulsaoilers.com.
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Back to the point, kept in by the Oilers’ Brisebois. Now a shot goes off the glove of the goaltender, and around the back of the goal. Now to the near side on the corner boards. Lalancette with it. Lalancette bumped into the corner. He has control of the puck there down low, leaves it in the corner boards for Ramsay. Now it comes out.
Lutz has to come over from the blue line to help out. Puck goes around to the far side. Brisebois keeps it in at the right point. Now Lalancette up the slot, a shot goes just to the left of the goal there, as it was deflected on the way in, and the Oilers go back. It’ll be an icing called against the Americans.
6:50 remaining, 2nd period of play. Americans with a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal that came in the 1st period, and that’s the only goal in this one. The face-off will come to the right of the Americans’ goaltender, Gill. It’ll be Tulsa’s Clark against Johnathan Parker, and the Oilers win it.
Out to the point, a shot goes just to the left. We’ve got an Oiler player that is down. He’s injured. Oh my. Gets up slowly and limping, it’s DeSalvo, number 11. DeSalvo can’t skate on his right leg, skating on his left leg only. Gets to the bench, he’s hurt. I think that shot might’ve come off his knee maybe on the way in, or his leg. I couldn’t tell, honestly, how high up, but …
Now it’s in the neutral zone, they poke at it. Brewer sends it back into the Americans’ end. Americans get control of the puck with 6:10 remaining 2nd period. They lose it. Clark intercepts it momentarily, now he has it taken away.
Back come the Americans with it over the blue line. Lafontaine tried to put it in front, intercepted on the way in by Harstad. Nice play by Harstad to break it up, sends it out to Wong. Wong over the blue line, cross-rink pass over on the left for Gagnon. He has it knocked away back into the Tulsa zone.
Oilers recover. Lalancette played it off his stick into the Americans’ end. There won’t be any icing. Americans reset in their own zone, however, with 5:35 left to go, 2nd period, 1-0 lead for the Americans.
Pinkston sends it into the Tulsa zone. Oilers will recover it behind the goal, getting it there is Brown. Brown sends it over on the right side back into the neutral zone. Now the Americans recover. Pinkston turns it around in his own end, plays it off the boards, all the way up the length of the ice. This’ll be icing against the Americans with 5:12 left to go in the 2nd period, and a 1-0 Allen American lead.
Folks, I have got to put another throat lozenge in. This is extremely difficult here. Now the puck goes around the near side on the draw. Out in the neutral zone, the Oilers will recover it. Lalancette with it to Brisebois in his own zone. He backs up to set the play. Brisebois gets it ahead to Lalancette, now over on the right wing.
Here’s a shot, stick save by the goaltender, Gill. Puck goes into the corner boards. Lalancette to Wong, turnaround shot from the circle, it gets stopped. Cleared away to the neutral zone.
Lutz gets it for the Oilers there, backs up to his own zone. Lutz sends it ahead to Pleskach. Pleskach loses it in the center circle. Back come the Americans over the blue line into the Tulsa end. Over on the right side there for Makowski. Makowski into the corner boards, he gets bumped. Nobody’s playing the puck though. The puck’s just sitting there underneath them. Two players going at it, now they clear the puck to the neutral zone.