EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joel Persson to a one-year contract. The Oilers will assign Persson to the Vaxjo Lakers for the 2018-19 season.
Persson, 24, appeared in 51 games with the Swedish Hockey League's (SHL) Vaxjo Lakers this season, posting 34 points (6G, 28A), eight penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating. He also registered five points (1G, 4A) and a +6 rating in 13 playoff games, helping Vaxjo capture the SHL Championship.
The 5'11", 170-pound defenceman spent six seasons (2011-2017) in Sweden Division 1 with Kristianstads and Tyringe, accumulating 60 points (16G, 44A), 24 penalty minutes and a +28 rating in 121 career games. Persson also recorded 13 points (2G, 11A) and four penalty minutes in 14 career playoff games.
"We are excited to have Joel join our organization", said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli. "He has progressed rapidly in the last year and has shown a very good offensive side to his game which is compatible with some of our needs. The plan is for Joel to remain with his club team next year. We have the right of recall but want to see him develop his game thoroughly in what will be his second year in the Swedish Elite League."