The next step now looms for Martin Gernat, the towering puck mover currently patrolling the Edmonton Oil Kings blue line.

But even though he had just signed his first contract with the Edmonton Oilers, his attentions were on unfinished business. For now, there’s a Western Hockey League playoff run to take care of.

“That’s the first thing for me,” he said Saturday after the Oilers announced that they had signed their 2011 draft pick to his three-year entry level deal.

One night earlier, Gernat had put away a pair of power play goals and assisted on three others in a 6-0 victory over the Calgary Hitmen in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference championship.

Gernat, 20, will finish out the Oil Kings run then he’ll ready himself for his first pro season. He’ll report to the Oilers rookie camp in the fall then make his way to the Oklahoma City Barons

“I do think the experience I had from (previous rookie camps) was really beneficial, but this will be different,” he continued. “I have a signed contract now so I have to make sure I’m ready.”