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Joel Persson will not return to Vaxjo Lakers next season

It was announced today by the Swedish Hockey League Växjö Lakers that a list of their players will not be returning to the team next year. The one name of note for Oilers fans all over is Joel Persson.

Alright, well maybe I was a little disingenuous in my comment of “the one player of note” as both former Oilers PTO, and turncoat traitor, Kris Versteeg, and Oilers legend Liam Reddox are also on that list. The main focus is and should be on Joel Persson.

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Persson will no doubt be making his way over to Edmonton and attempting to find his way into an everyday NHL roster with the Oil. His progress has been steady and he has been consistently putting up numbers in the SHL.

Our very own BaggedMilk, just four months ago had a little look-see at what Persson had been up to:

Checking in on Oilers prospect Joel Persson

As well as myself, every week I have a statistical piece where I break down the week for each of the Oilers prospects:

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Joel Persson’s career numbers at a glance:

Regular Season                                     Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2017-18 Vaxjo HC SweHL 51 6 28 34 8 17 13 1 4 5 0
2018-19 Vaxjo HC SweHL 50 6 25 31 8 6

Source: Vaxjo Lakers, Official Twitter Account, 4/4/2019 – 12:00 pm MT

  • OriginalPouzar

    No real surprise here as we know he was coming over for camp.

    I’ve always had a bit of trepidation regarding what he would (will) do if the organisation wants him to spend some time in the minors and if he’d maybe head back home. Getting the one-way contract was important and a good thing because, now that he’d make his full NHL salary while in Bakersfield, I think this is less of an issue ($1M would be much greater than he’d make back home I believe).