EDMONTON OILERS SIGN BRYAN LERGThe Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Bryan Lerg to a two-year NHL entry level contract.
The 5’10”, 175 pound forward from Livonia, Michigan completed his fourth and final season of collegiate eligibility with Michigan State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last weekend as the Spartans were eliminated in the NCAA West Regional Final. The 22-year-old finished second on the Spartans scoring list and 11th in the CCHA scoring race with a career-high 20-19-39 in 42 games and registered 18 penalty minutes. He led Michigan State in both goals (20) and powerplay goals (10).
Twice named the Spartans’ Offensive Player of the Year, Lerg scored a career-high 23 goals and led the NCAA with eight game-winning goals as he helped Michigan State win the NCAA national championship in 2006-07. He added three more game winners this season.
Lerg scored 68-60-128 in 169 games with Michigan State during his four years with the Spartans from 2004-05 to 2007-08.
Prior to joining Michigan State, he played two seasons with the U.S. National Under-18 Team and was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team that won the silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Lerg will make his professional debut on an amateur try-out agreement with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League this week.