Former Edmonton Oilers D Joel Persson signs in SHL, Oilers lose draft pick

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Former Edmonton Oilers defender Joel Persson has signed a three-year contract with the SHL.

Persson, who signed a one-year contract last season to join the Oilers, was traded on the NHL deadline with the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional seventh round pick in 2022 and goalkeeper Angus Redmond.

The trade condition, as reported by PuckPedia, was that Persson would play 25 games for Anaheim in the 2020-21 season and with his new contract with the Vaxjo Lakers, it appears that he will not be playing with Anaheim.

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That means Edmonton loses on the 2022 draft pick.

While this is not a major loss, it is only a seventh round pick, but any asset is a good asset to have in your back pocket.

Persson was highly touted coming to North America after a few very successful professional years in Sweden. In 101 games before joining the Oilers, he scored 65 points and is said to be one of the best rearguards in the league.

He has only played 12 games with the Oilers and has only scored two assists. It was clear he had trouble jumping straight into the NHL and Edmonton assigned him to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. There, he found his match scoring 16 points in 27 games before his trade.

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