The Pontus Aberg era in Edmonton is now over as the Anaheim Ducks have claimed the winger off of waivers. This also means that the Mark Letestu trade loop is now closed.
Aberg was acquired in a trade deadline deal
with the Nashville Predators last season. Edmonton sent Mark Letestu to Nashville for Aberg and the Predators flipped Letestu to Columbus for a fourth-round pick in 2018. Knowing what we know now, the Oilers probably would have been better off getting that draft pick rather than Aberg.
Regardless, Peter Chiarelli’s goal here was to find NHL-ready players and Aberg, who had very good numbers in the AHL, was a fair bet to give the Oilers some added scoring depth on the wing.
Edmonton now sits at 45 contracts with Jakub Jerabek getting dealt to the Blues for a pick and Aberg getting claimed off waivers. Two of those spots, it seems, will be used on Chiasson and Jason Garrison on Wednesday when Andrej Sekera can be placed on the Long Term Injured Reserve.
ABERG’S CAREER SO FAR