The Edmonton Oilers signed center Tobias Rieder and defenseman Kevin Gravel from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. Rieder played 20 games for the Kings in 2017-18 and Gravel played 16 games for the Kings. Rieder signed a one year deal worth $2 million and Gravel signed a one year contract worth $700,000.
Rieder, who is expected to be a checking-line forward for the Oilers during the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season, had four goals and two assists for six points, zero penalty minutes and was a minus one for the Kings last season. He was traded with goaltender Scott Wedgewood from the Arizona Coyotes to the Kings on Feb. 21 for goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Ironically, the Kings also lost Wedgewood on Sunday via free agency to the Buffalo Sabres.
When you include Rieder's statistics last season with the Coyotes, he had 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 78 games. Rieder actually returns to the Oilers because he was drafted by them in the fourth round, 114th overall in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft. However he did not play for Edmonton as he was traded to the Coyotes for Kale Kessy on March 30, 2013.
Gravel meanwhile had three assists and was a -3 with two penalty minutes with the Kings. He spent a significant amount of time with the Ontario Reign, where he had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 25 games last season. Do not be surprised if Gravel plays for the Bakersfield Condors in 2018-19.
Like Gravel, Wedgewood played for the Reign in 2017-18. He had a record of two wins, one loss, a goals against average of 3.21 and a save percentage of .901 in 2017-18. With the Coyotes, Wedgewood had a record of five wins, nine regulation losses, four losses in extra time, a goals against average of 3.45, save percentage of .893 and one shutout.