Oilers sign defenceman Markus Niemelainen to two-year contract extension

New York Islanders' Zach Parise is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Markus Niemelainen. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Markus Niemelainen to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of US$762,000. 

The first year of the agreement is a two-way contract, while the second year is a one-way deal.

The 23-year-old Niemelainen has appeared in 20 games with the Oilers this season, posting one assist, four penalty minutes and a -5 plus/minus rating.

The six-foot-six, 190-pound defenceman has two goals and five assists over 23 games this season with the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Niemelainen, from Kuopio, Finland, was selected by Edmonton in the third round, 63 overall, in the 2016 NHL draft.

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