NHL News : Ken Holland signs yet another former Red Wing.

Ken Holland signs yet another former Red Wing.

Another former Red Wing for the Oilers.

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Since leaving the Detroit Red Wings and becoming general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, fans have enjoyed joking about the fact that Oilers general manager Ken Holland has seemingly acquired a fair number of players from his former team. It is not entirely unusual for a general manager to recruit players he is familiar with, but considering the fact that the Red Wings have had a noticeable lack of success in recent years it has become something of a running gag.

On Saturday Holland once again played into the meme when, yet again, he signed a former member of the Detroit Red Wings organization to the Oilers roster. Now before you queue the outrage Oilers fans you need to keep in mind that this was a relatively minor signing on the part of the team, with former Arizona Coyotes first round pick (12th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft Brendan Perlini getting a one year, two way, deal with the Oilers today. 

Perlini did not actually play in the National Hockey League last season, instead spending his time playing in the Swiss National League for Ambri-Piotta. Prior to that he spent the 2018 - 2019 regular season as a member of a bad Detroit Red Wings squad and during that campaign he appeared in 39 games where he picked up 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 total points and finished the season with a plus minus rating of -18. In fact Holland was already general manager of the Oilers at the time so although it is amusing to poke fun at Holland for bringing in his former players, this one doesn't quite fit the bill.

I suspect that Perlini is expected to spend the majority of his time, and perhaps all of his time, as a member of the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors but it is possible we will see him at the National Hockey League level at some point during the 2021 - 2022 regular season. 

Perlini never lived up to his draft pedigree, with his best season coming as a sophomore in the NHL, recording 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points over 74 games in Arizona.

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