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‘Ultra-competitive’ Lagesson leaves UMass-Amherst, signs with Oilers

Team Slovakia v Team Sweden

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 5: William Lagesson #3 of Team Sweden skates against Team Slovakia during the Bronze medal game in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 5, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Team Slovakia defeated Team Sweden 4-2 to win the Bronze medal. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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William Lagesson, Edmonton’s fourth-round pick in 2014, has signed his three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced on Friday.

Lagesson, 21, has spent the last two years at UMass-Amherst, serving as an alternate captain under head coach Greg Carvel.

“It’s my first year as the head coach and I was brought in to rebuild the program and one of the first things I was told was how much I’d enjoy coaching Willy Lagesson because he’s just an ultra-competitive kid,” Carvel told the Oilers website last month. “I have not been let down.”

Lagesson has also twice represented Sweden at the world juniors (in ’15 and ’16).

Listed at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Lagesson has good size and developed a reputation as a physical, defensively responsible blueliner. No word yet if he’ll head to AHL Bakersfield.