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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, and Vancouver Canucks' Willie Mitchell battle for control of the puck during first period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday December 26, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck


The Edmonton Oilers re-signed centre Sam Gagner to a two-year contract extension Sunday.

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals and added 26 assists in 68 games last season.

"Sam is a key part of our organization moving forward," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said in a statement. "We are looking forward to him taking on a larger role with our club."

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Gagner was drafted sixth overall by Edmonton in 2007.

The five-foot-11, 191-pound native of London, Ont., has 44 goals and 87 assists in three NHL seasons.

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