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Oilers ink KHL defenceman Anton Belov to entry-level deal

05/31/2013 01:40 EDT | Updated 07/30/2013 05:12 EDT
The Edmonton Oilers hope the KHL can provide them with some answers to their blue-line issues.

Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish announced on the team's official website Thursday it has signed Russian defenceman Anton Belov to a one-year, entry-level contract.

The six-foot-four, 219-pound defenceman was a plus-19 with KHL club Avangard Omsk this season and recorded a career-high nine goals and 17 assists in 46 games. In 227 career contests, he had 15 goals and 64 points.

Oilers forward and fellow Russian Nail Yakupov welcomed the 26-year-old to the fold.

"Congratulations Anton with the signing of a new contract," Yakupov told the Oilers' official Twitter account.

Belov also has some international experience, most recently suiting up for Russia at the IIHF world hockey championships where he scored one goal and three assists in eight contests.

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