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Oilers Send Persson to Anaheim in Minor Deal

NHL: NOV 10 Oilers at Ducks Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With their final, and most exciting (but obviously not) deal of trade-deadline day, the Oilers have sent depth defender Joel Persson to the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for goaltender Angus Redmond, and a conditional late-round pick in two years from now.

Persson finishes his time with the Oilers organization having played 13 games for the big club, and another 27 games down in Bakersfield. He was reasonably productive with the Condors, registering 16 AHL points this season.

Persson figures to play a major role for the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, who currently sit in a playoff position (4th in the Pacific Division). Presumably, Persson will also have a better chance of securing an NHL role in the Anaheim organization, than he would have in Edmonton, as the Oilers have recently acquired defenceman Mike Green, who sits ahead of Persson on the Oilers’ depth chart in the short term. As far as the long term is concerned, Persson was a long shot to ever crack a fully healthy Oilers defence corps, as the team still has a few minor leaguers (namely Evan Bouchard), who are expected to secure an NHL job before Persson would have.

As for the Oilers’ return, Redmond is a 24-year-old goaltender with two career games played at the AHL level. This year, Redmond has a .918 save % for the Newfoundland Growlers, of the ECHL. He should be viewed as organizational goaltending depth right now, and nothing more. However, a week ago, I would have assumed that Redmond had a better chance to win an NHL game than a 42-year-old Zamboni driver would have, so there’s that.