UMass defenseman William Lagesson has signed a contract with the Edmonton Oilers, and will forego his final two seasons of eligibility with the Minutemen.
Lagesson appeared in 63 games over two years with the Minutemen, and was one of just four players 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 (2g, 6a) in 2016-17.
“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 head coach Greg Carvel. “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 was selected by the Oilers in the 4th round, 91st overall in the 2014 NHL Draft and has seen action in over 100 international contests for Sweden at the U16, U17, U18 and U20 levels, most recently at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship.