Puljujarvi did not reach a contract agreement Sunday and will not be eligible to return to the NHL this season, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Puljujarvi already claimed that he was staying in Finland for the rest of this season but, by not signing a new contract by Sunday, he is officially ineligible to return during the 2019-20 campaign. The Oilers may still look to trade his right later this season.
Puljujarvi confirmed he won't return to the NHL this season even if the Oilers trade his rights, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
After three underwhelming seasons with the Oilers, Puljujarvi signed with Kapat of the Finnish Liiga in August with the hopes of rediscovering the skills that propelled Edmonton to pick him fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. It's reported that he's regaining his confidence, and it shows with 11 goals and 20 points through 18 games with Karpat. The 21-year-old's deal with Karpat allowed him to return to the NHL before Dec. 1, but Puljujarvi feels it's best for his development to stay overseas. He'll look to make another push for the NHL next season, and there's a good chance he's traded from the Oilers by then.
Puljujarvi (hip) signed a one-year contract with Karpat of the Finnish Liiga on Tuesday.
Puljujarvi hasn't been able to acclimate to the North American brand of hockey since being selected by the Oilers with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, totaling just 17 goals and 37 points in 139 appearances with the big club. A return home for the Finnish forward may be exactly what he needs to build his confidence, as he should immediately step in and be a dominant force for Karpat. Puljujarvi's one-year deal with Karpat also has an out clause that will permit him to return to the NHL at any point prior to Dec. 1, so if he's producing at a high level overseas during the first few months of the season, it's possible that he and the Oilers will come to terms on a deal that will allow him to finish the 2019-20 campaign in Edmonton. The 21-year-old obviously won't be worth a pick in redraft leagues, but he'll be a highly intriguing midseason pickup if he does indeed return to North America prior to the Dec. 1 deadline.
Puljujarvi (hip), who is a restricted free agent, will receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
This move isn't surprising despite the gulf between the player and the team, as the Oilers were never going to let the 2016 fourth overall pick simply walk away, even if they do intend to trade the disgruntled Puljujarvi. Puljujarvi's agent has said the forward would rather go to Europe than keep playing for Edmonton, where he has totaled just 37 points in 139 career games.
Puljujarvi (hip) has "made it clear" to the Oilers that he wants to be traded, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Puljujarvi hasn't had much success since being selected by Edmonton with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, notching 17 goals and 37 points in 139 NHL appearances, so it's reached a point that a change of scenery may be in the best interest of both parties. However, the Oilers aren't going to simply give the Swedish winger away, and intend on being patient while finding the right fit for a trade partner. To complicate matters, Puljujarvi just underwent surgery on both of his hips in March, which will undoubtedly have an impact on his perceived value around the league. Puljujarvi will be suiting up for an NHL club in 2019-20, but at this point it's essentially a foregone conclusion that it won't be Edmonton.
Puljujarvi underwent hip surgery in New York City on Monday.
As was already reported, Puljujarvi's hip injury will sideline him for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The 20-year-old will finish the campaign with nine points and a minus-14 rating in 46 appearances. Many hockey insiders believe the Oilers will look to move on from Puljujarvi after this season.
Puljujarvi will undergo surgery on his hip and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Puljujarvi has already missed the Oilers' previous six outings due to his hip issue. There was some speculation that the winger would be moved at the trade deadline, but his injury ended any chance of him being traded. It's unclear if Edmonton will try again to trade him or what sort of offer he will get from the club as a restricted free agent this offseason in terms of a likely bridge deal, given the uncertainty of his recovery timeline.
Puljujarvi (lower body) is believed to be out long-term and surgery may be required, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Spector indicates that if Puljujarvi winds up needing surgery, it would likely put an end to his 2018-19 campaign. He will get a second opinion on the issue in the United States prior to making a final decision, but Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca further notes that the winger won't be eligible for the AHL Bakersfield playoff run even if he makes it back in time to participate. Either way, it looks like 20-year-old will miss some time.
Puljujarvi (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
This move is retroactive to when Puljujarvi last played on Feb. 15, which means the oft-scrutinized winger is ineligible to play Tuesday and Thursday, but could return Saturday against the visiting Ducks. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old has gone nine games without recording a point, and for the season, has just four goals and five assists in 46 games.
Puljujarvi's confidence is slipping, as the Oilers continue to play him sparingly, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports.
The Oilers took the Swede with the fourth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but he's produced only 17 goals and 20 assists over 138 games for the Oilers to date. It certainly doesn't help that he's only averaged 12:30 of ice time in his young career, and now many a hockey fan is wondering if the talented forward will be traded at the deadline. Remember, the Oilers are operating with an interim GM in Keith Gretzky, and he will have to tread carefully so as to not make the wrong move for the next Oilers boss. Meanwhile, anyone owning Puljujarvi in dynasty leagues are advised to ride out the storm, as he still has tons of untapped scoring potential.
Puljujarvi's name is being tossed around as a potential trade piece for Edmonton, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Despite an eight-game goal drought in which Puljujarvi has managed a mere three assists, his name continues to circulate as a potential asset that could be moved out in order to bring in a high-caliber player. Considering he was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, there are no doubt plenty of clubs eager to see what the Swede can do first hand.
Puljujarvi scored a goal in Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Puljujarvi was posted up on top of the circle when he slapped home a pass from Jujhar Khaira. It was Puljujarvi's 13th game since being recalled to the big club, and he now has two goals and an assist in that span.
Puljujarvi was called up from AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
This move was brewing for quite some time, but the Oilers have made it official in advance of Sunday's road game against the Kings. There's a chance that Puljujarvi -- whom the Oilers took fourth overall in the 2016 draft -- will get a new lease on his hockey life since Todd McLellan was relieved of his coaching duties and replaced by Ken Hitchcock. Puljujarvi has sprinkled 14 goals and 15 assists over 104 career contests, though that hasn't been nearly enough in the numbers-hungry world of fantasy hockey.
Puljujarvi was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
Coach McLellan expressed that he has confidence in Puljujarvi developing into a "very good NHL player", but he needs more time in the minors. It will allow him to play consistent top-six minutes, too. The 20-year-old had one goal and zero assists in 11 NHL games this year.
Puljujarvi scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime road win over the Jets.
Puljujarvi synced up with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid for a clutch tally that forced overtime. Edmonton's 2016 fourth overall draft pick isn't starting games with either player -- Puljujarvi's actually in the bottom six with Drake Caggiula and Ryan Strome -- but Todd McClellan tends to tinker with his forward combinations to try to spark the offense. In this case, it worked, as the Oilers scored four unanswered goals to win the game.
Puljujarvi has recorded two goals on 13 shots this preseason.
Drafted fourth overall in 2016, Puljujarvi is still figuring out the nuances of the NHL game. Last season, he banked 12 goals -- including a pair on the power play -- along with eight assists through 65 contests, but the Oilers have yet to trust him with a top-six role. Part of what made the Finn such a high draft pick is his competitive drive, so there's a good chance he uses that more to his advantage this coming season, his third in the NHL.
Puljujarvi finished the 2017-18 campaign with 20 points in 65 games.
The young speedster finished the 2017-18 season with 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 65 games -- his last points (one goal, one assist) coming in a 7-3 rout of Carolina on March 20. Puljujarvi was relegated to the third line towards the end of the year and saw minimal time on the power play (0:45). As one of the Oilers' top prospects, he will need to see more opportunities to be worthy of fantasy consideration.
Puljujarvi collected two points in Edmonton's 7-3 blowout victory over Carolina on Tuesday.
Puljujarvi found the back of the net and added a helper in the contest -- ending his six-game point drought. The Oilers' third line was an offensive powerhouse throughout the game, as Milan Lucic, Ryan Strome and Puljujarvi were responsible for five total points. The 19-year-old winger has a promising future in Oil Country, but being relegated to the third line hinders his opportunities in 2017-18.
Oilers' head coach Todd McLellan will have Puljujarvi remain on the third line for now, the Edmonton Sun reports.
Puljujarvi has served shifts on every line this season but McLellan likes the combination of Puljujarvi and Ryan Strome on the third line. "We've upped Jesse's power play time, we've put him on the off wing and maybe he's not as comfortable there so we'd like to not have him against the other team's top D pairings and lines for now," he said. "Jesse and Strome have had some unity, there's momentum there." The 19-year-old winger hasn't been a model of consistency this season (18 points in 49 games), but with three points in his last five games and now regularly seeing third-string blueliners, he may be worth a speculative add in deep leagues and daily formats.
Puljujarvi collected an assist in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Ducks.
The 19-year-old winger had gone 12 games without recording a point before assisting on Ryan Strome's goal early in the third period. Puljujarvi was able to increase his point total to 16 (nine goals, seven assists) in 2017-18 despite only seeing 7:51 of ice time in the contest. The Oilers' first-round pick in 2016 (fourth overall) is best left on the waiver wire for now but the fast-approaching trade deadline could quickly change his outlook.
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