Oil Kings’ Robertson signs entry-level contract with New York Rangers

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Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.

The Rangers announced the news Tuesday afternoon after having returned Robertson to the WHL for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season in late September. Robertson has subsequently appeared in three games this season with the Oil Kings.

A 6-foot-4, 203-pound product of Sherwood Park, Alta., Robertson was chosen by the Rangers in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Last season, Robertson posted 33 points (7G-26A) in 52 games, including one power-play goal. In the 2019 WHL Playoffs, Robertson amassed eight points (4G-4A), including one power-play goal, in 16 games as the Oil Kings advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship.

To date, the seventh-overall selection from the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft has accumulated 58 points (14G-44A) in 129 WHL regular season games. Those figures include two power-play goals for the 18-year-old.

Robertson also brings provincial and international experience to the Rangers’ organization. Robertson won gold with Team Alberta at the 2016 WHL Cup.

He was named to Canada Black’s roster at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, posting six points (2G-4A) in five games. This performance led all defencemen in scoring and warranted his inclusion to the tournament’s all-star team. He also competed with Canada at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship in 2018, recording two assists in five games.

Later that summer, Robertson competed internationally and close to home at the same time, winning gold at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The gold medal game was held at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta.

The Oil Kings continue their five-game road trip tonight when they take on the Regina Pats. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT.

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