Oilers sign 2007 AHL All-Star defenseman

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, have agreed to terms with right wing Colin McDonald on a two-year entry-level contract, and have also agreed to one-year terms with left wing Ryan Flinn, defenseman T.J. Kemp and defenseman T.J. Reynolds.

Kemp led all Manchester Monarchs defensemen in scoring and ranked second among all AHL rookie blueliners in 2006-07, collecting five goals and 33 assists for 38 points in 65 games. The 26-year-old native of Pickering, Ont., participated in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto.

In 2005-06, Kemp appeared in a total of 14 AHL games with Bridgeport, Iowa, Milwaukee and Peoria.

McDonald, the Oilers’ second-round selection (51st overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off a four-year career at Providence College, where he served as co-captain during his final two seasons. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Wethersfield, Conn., led the Friars with a career-high 13 goals last season.

Flinn, a native of Halifax, N.S., is entering his seventh professional season and has played 31 career National Hockey League games with the Los Angeles Kings, recording one goal and 84 penalty minutes. Last season, Flinn notched six points (2g, 4a) while reaching career-highs in games played (61) and penalty minutes (166) with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. In 204 career AHL games, Flinn has eight goals, 14 assists and 688 PIM.

Reynolds, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound wing, played 42 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals last season, registering one assist and 93 penalty minutes. The Kitchener, Ont., native will be entering his sixth professional season in 2007-08; he has four assists and 421 PIM in 128 career AHL contests.

“With the addition of Kemp, it adds another solid defenseman into the Oilers organization who can create some offense from the blueline,” said Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon. “Fans in Springfield saw a lot of Kemp last year and know the type of all-star season he had a year ago. With the addition of Flinn and Reynolds, Edmonton was able to sign a pair of players who are tough to play against and add a physical presence to the lineup every night.”