Former Oiler Lennart Petrell Signs in Switzerland

According to David Staples of the Edmonton Journal who sites a Swiss website, Lennart Petrell has signed on with Geneve-Servette, a team in the Swiss League.

Petrell fell out of favor with the Oilers which led to the team allowing him to enter free-agency this summer after he never lived up to the offensive potential Edmonton was hoping for when they signed him as a free-agent in the summer of 2011.

Through two seasons with the big club and a combined 95 games, Petrell scored 7 goals and added 11 assists to go along with a disappointing minus-14.

Staples points out that Petrell excelled on the penalty kill, but when it came to five-on-five play he struggled and alas led to his walking papers from the Oilers.

Originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2004 Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Petrell never played in one game for them before signing on with Edmonton and finally getting his shot.

Two years later he’s heading back to Europe where he can hopefully resurrect his offensive game.  Providing he can, then after his one-year deal with the Swiss league runs out, perhaps another NHL club will be willing to take a chance on him.  For now though, he’s a disappointing case of not being able to deliver the goods despite his special teams ability.

The sad part is that Petrell is the big bodied winger that the Oilers so badly need to play the physical game on the third line.  But his inability to consistently produce offensively isn’t worth his penalty kill abilities.  A one-trick pony won’t stick around this league if he can’t learn other tricks.

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