Griffith joins Oilers on two-year, two-way contract

Seth Griffith shoots during Winnipeg Jets training camp at Bell MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Seth Griffith is taking another shot at the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 27-year-old winger from Wallaceburg signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Oilers on the first day of the NHL’s free agency period Friday.

He’ll have a cap hit of $725,000 at the NHL level if he makes the Oilers.

Griffith spent the past two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose, the top farm club of the Winnipeg Jets.

He led the Moose in scoring both years, picking up 57 points in 69 games in 2018-19 and 41 points in 58 games in 2019-20.

The five-foot-nine, 190-pound Griffith has played most of his seven pro seasons in the AHL.

He last played in the NHL in 2017-18 when he had three points in 21 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Griffith has career totals of eight goals and 11 assists in 79 NHL games with Boston, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo.

“I’m a top-six forward in this (American) league and essentially, if a top-six forward goes down up there (in the NHL), that’s when my opportunity’s gonna come,” Griffith said to the Winnipeg Free Press in January. “Everybody works hard, everybody’s deserving of a call-up. At the end of the day, I still want to play in the NHL – that’s my end goal – I’m just trying to work hard every day to achieve that.”

Griffith told the Free Press he isn’t suited for a bottom-six role in the NHL.

“If I’m playing on a third or fourth line in the NHL, I’m not effective,” the former Chatham-Kent AAA Cyclone said. “That’s the difference between up there and down here, right? I can do things down here that I can get away with, but when you get called up and are expected to play on the third or fourth line, it’s a totally different game for me.”

Griffith’s deal with the Oilers is reportedly worth $700,000 in the NHL and $450,000 in the minors in the first year, and $750,000 in the NHL and $475,000 in the minors in the second year.

The Bakersfield Condors are the Oilers’ AHL affiliate.

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