In the lead-up to last night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers took care of a bit of business on the prospect front. The club announced that they signed goaltender Ilya Konovalov to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season.

Per PuckPedia, Konovalov’s two-year ELC carries a cap hit of $842,500 per season, with a base salary of $750,000. Konovalov will also earn a $92,500 signing bonus each season, and can earn $82,500 in performance bonuses.

In 19 games this past season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, Konovalov went 9-7-2 with a 2.29 GAA and a .923 save percentage. It was his third full season with Lokomotiv, and his second season with a save percentage over .920. Konovalov posted a .930 save percentage in 45 games during the 2018-19 season, his first full KHL campaign.

Konovalov was Edmonton’s third-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, 85th overall. He’ll begin his North American career this fall, likely with a trip to Oilers training camp and then a heavy workload with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors.

Overall, Konovalov played in 111 career KHL games with Lokomotiv. Over that span, he posted a 53-41-9 record with a 2.14 GAA, .922 save percentage and 14 career shutouts. He also appeared in 13 career playoff games during his KHL career.

This article first appeared on The Sports Daily and was syndicated with permission.

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