The Oilers have added some forward depth, announcing that they have signed winger Brendan Perlini to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay the NHL minimum of $750K while the AHL salary was not released.
It has been a bit of an odd journey for the 25-year-old so far. Drafted 12th overall by Arizona in 2014, Perlini showed some offensive upside early in his career, notching 14 goals in his rookie season and 17 in his sophomore campaign. A sluggish start in 2018-19 resulted in a trade to Chicago where he picked up a dozen more tallies in 46 games.
He was never really able to lock down a spot though and early in 2019-20, he was flipped to Detroit where the production dried up entirely as Perlini had just one goal and three helpers in 39 games, numbers that led to a non-tender last fall. Rather than accept a two-way deal, Perlini went overseas and signed with Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland where he had a decent campaign with nine goals and seven assists in 21 games, good enough for seventh in team scoring despite missing more than half the season.
Perlini is an interesting fit for Edmonton. The Oilers are a team that will need to fill out their roster with some cheaper contracts while having more on hand in the minors for recalls. There’s definitely enough a track record to suggest that Perlini could rebound offensively and be a serviceable contributor in the bottom six but with how things went in Detroit, it’s possible he rarely sees the ice for him. Still, there is rarely a bad two-way contract and this one certainly will carry a little bit of upside for Edmonton.