Alex Plante, who was an Edmonton Oilers prospect, has signed with Austrian club Dornbirner EC for the upcoming campaign.
Plante was selected by the Edmonton Oilers 15th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers signed Plante to a three-year contract following the season. He began his professional career in 2009–10 with Edmonton’s top minor league affiliate, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Several injuries on Edmonton’s defence led the Oilers to recall Plante, and he made his NHL debut on February 1, 2010 against the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded an assist. He was returned to Springfield as injured players returned to the Oilers’ lineup.
Plante appeared in three games with the Oilers in three separate call-ups during the fall of 2011, but didn’t record a single point. That season, he scored 1 goal with 13 assists and was plus-16 with 84 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Barons. Following a three point AHL season last year, Plante was named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Oklahoma City community during the 2012-13 season.
The signing of defenseman Jay Leach, as well as the possibility to bring in Paul Ranger, made Plante expendable.
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