The #Oilers have signed defenceman Joel Persson to a one-year contract & will assign him to the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League for the 2018-19 season. pic.twitter.com/DGukKMWFqG— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 18, 2018
This one’s been going around for the last few days, but today the Oilers made it official.
The Oilers have signed a defenceman. A right-handed defenceman, to be specific. Joel Persson gets a one year deal, but the 24 year old won’t join the Oilers in the 2018-19 season. Instead, he’ll play one more year in the same league he played in for the 2017-18 season. Overall, this is a good move.
BUT WAIT, THE OILERS NEED A DEFENCEMAN NOW
You’re not wrong. They really could use a second pairing defenceman with a right handed shot, but the Oilers aren’t sticking this one in the lineup right now. Persson led Vaxjo in scoring among defencemen in 2017-18 (6-28-34 in 51 GP), and he’s got a nice shot from the point as you’ll see in the upcoming clip (courtesy Edmonton Prospect Watch)
From Erik Piri (Eliteprospects)
Persson is an offensive defenseman with a great shot from the point. With high-end puck skills and vision, he excels on the power play. Not a speedster, but owns decent mobility and can walk the blueline very well. On the downside, he is smallish and not much of a force in his own end.
At 5’11” and 187lbs, he’s not going to be crushing anyone with his frame. That might not much matter, especially if he’s able to get the puck on net more often than not.
He’ll spend the upcoming year with Vaxjo. He’ll become an RFA after that, where the Oilers will figure out their next move. Low risk with a chance at a good reward.