According to Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Oilers failed to sign goaltending prospect Samu Perhonen by the deadline to sign the draftees from 2011. As a result Perhonen is now eligible to re-enter this year’s NHL Entry Draft with hopes of being called again, but this time by a different club.
Perhonen was selected in the 3rd round, 62nd overall back in 2011, the same class that featured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom and David Musil. All three of the mentioned players were drafted before Perhonen and all three have signed an entry-level deal (Nugent-Hopkins obviously being the exception given he’s playing in the NHL).
This is the second Finnish goaltender the Oilers have failed to sign over the past few days, the first being Antti Raanta who ultimately chose to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. Although a different situation, Raanta was a highly sought after netminder while Perhonen was drafted and could not agree to terms on a deal that would have kept him in the Oilers organization.
A blunder perhaps? It’s hard to say that allowing Perhonen to walk away is a positive, especially when you consider the hole in the Oilers net. Nikolai Khabibulin is over the hill and has likely played his last game in an Oiler uniform. Devan Dubnyk has been given the reins as the leader in the crease, but he could be tested if Craig MacTavish decides to dip into the free agent pool.
We’ll have a closer look at whether or not there is reason to be concerned with the Oilers goaltending situation later in the week.
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