03/02/2015 09:23 EST | Updated 05/02/2015 05:59 EDT

Jeff Petry traded from Oilers to Canadiens for picks

The Edmonton Oilers are giving Jeff Petry a chance to compete in his first Stanley Cup playoffs.

The NHL club on Monday traded the pending unrestricted free-agent defenceman to Montreal for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional fifth-rounder in this June’s draft.

Montreal sits atop the Eastern Conference with a 41-16-5 record.

Petry, 27, had four goals and 15 points in 59 games this season for the Oilers, who sit last in the West with an 18-34-10 mark.

Petry’s arrival will allow Canadiens all-star defenceman P.K. Subban to trim his minutes, which had soared of late with injuries to the team’s defence corps.