Remember Brad Moran? He's the 31 year-old native of Abbotsford, BC who was signed by the Canucks as a free agent in June 0f 2006. In 69 games in the 2006-07 season with the Manitoba Moose, Moran scored 25 goals and 72 points. The Canucks only used Brad 3 times that season. Moran had 1 assist in those 3 games. The following season he played 74 games with the Moose, racking up 22 goals and 77 points.
Over the past 2 years Moran has played with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League, as the Canucks let him go as a free agent in 2008.
Moran was never an overly physical player, standing at 5'10" and listed as 183 pounds, but I sure liked his skill. He, like Brandon Reid (another player I liked that was not signed by Van and spent the last 2 years in Europe), put up solid numbers in the AHL but the Canucks never gave them much of a chance in the bigs. Yeah, and that was at a time where we had Jan Bulis in our line up.
Anyway, you know this Oilers signing is because of Steve Tambellini, who no doubt knows Moran very well. Hopefully he makes the club.