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Oilers follow Red Wings’ lead; ink another Swede

Posted By Scott Pattison On May 2 2011 @ 1:52 am In Edmonton Oilers | No Comments

First it was Paajarvi, then Omark and now Lander.

The Edmonton Oilers are doing their best to follow in the shadow of the Detroit Red Wings, whose success over the last two decades has much to do with the players they’ve drafted from Sweden.

The Oilers signed another Swedish prospect, Anton Lander, to a three year entry-level contract.

The six-foot, 194-pound centre scored 11 goals and 26 points in 49 games this past season with Timra IK, and previously played alongside Paajarvi in Timra for three seasons.

A second-round draft pick of the Oil in 2009, Lander, 20, is expected to be at the club’s 2011 pre-season training camp and will likely begin his North American professional career with Oklahoma City, the team’s AHL franchise.

In the meantime Oiler fans, chins up…sticks down.

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