UMass blueliner Lagesson forgoes last two years, inks NHL contract with Oilers

William Lagesson (EDM) (UMASS - 37). ((c) Shelley M. Szwast 2016)
UMass defenseman William Lagesson is off to ply his trade with the Edmonton Oilers (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

Massachusetts sophomore defenseman William Lagesson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers, giving up his final two years of collegiate eligibility.

“Although we will miss the leadership that Willy provided to our hockey program this past year, my staff and I are excited for him to move on and prove himself at the professional level,” said UMass coach Greg Carvel in a news release. “During his two years at UMass, he was a fierce competitor on the ice and a player that showed his true commitment off the ice. It was a pleasure for me to coach him this past season and he will be missed. Willy is a great kid and I wish him the best.”

Lagesson appeared in 63 games over two years with the Minutemen and was one of just four Minutemen to appear in all 36 games during the 2016-17 season.

He completes his UMass career with 15 career points on four goals and 11 assists, including a career best eight points (two goals, six assists) in 2016-17.

Lagesson was originally selected by the Oilers in the fourth round (91st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.