The deal carries a $3.2-million AAV, Sportsnet can confirm.
With 13 goals and 28 points on the year, Kassian is on pace to shatter his previous career-highs of 15 and 29, respectively, benefitting from increased playing time alongside Connor McDavid.
Oilers general manager Ken Holland is pleased with what Kassian has brought to the table in his fifth season with the team, praising the Windsor, Ont., native’s toughness.
“I love his passion, his physicality,” Holland said in a recent interview with Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “He’s a presence, and I am aware of the big playoffs he had three years ago.”
The extension came hours before the Oilers and Calgary Flames renewed their rivalry in the Battle of Alberta. All eyes were on Kassian prior to the game due to his bad blood with Flames agitator Matthew Tkachuk.
Kassian’s improved play has been a big reason why the Oilers find themselves in third place in the Pacific Division with 57 points through 49 games. Edmonton trails the second-place Flames by one point and sits just three points back of the first-place Vancouver Canucks.