Jesse Puljujärvi

Edmonton Oilers
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Fantasy Summary

Has the potential to be a top-line winger who is a threat as both as shooter and a playmaker.

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 7, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 4


January 2020 – Since leaving the Oilers to play in his home country of Finland, Puljujarvi has had a very successful season for Kärpät of the Liiga. To date, the young Fin has recorded 17 goals and 38 points in just 40 games which places him tied for seventh in the league in points and tied for seventh in goals. His success in Finland is not completely surprising as he had success in that league before being drafted by Edmonton and does not necessarily mean he will be successful if/when he returns to North America but his numbers are still a good sign. Puljujarvi has made it clear that he does not want to return to the Oilers which is disappointing for a team desperate for wingers that can contribute offensively. There is a chance that Puljujarvi will be traded before the offseason but his value will likely be low due to his lack of NHL success in the past as well as his publicly known requests to be moved from Edmonton. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2019 – An already disastrous season for the young Finn got worse when it was announced at the end of February that Puljujarvi would be out for the rest of season due to surgery on both hips. Before the surgery, Puljujarvi has recorded just nine points in 46 games. Playing Puljujarvi limited minutes is stunting his development but at this point he isn’t good enough to play top-six minutes in the NHL. Rumors have come up that Puljujarvi and/or his agent have made it clear that they don’t want the Finnish forward sent down so take from that what you will. Puljujarvi is in the final year of his entry level contract and negotiations this summer will be interesting to say the least. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2018 – The tale of will he put it all together or won’t he for Puljujarvi continues. After a strong preseason, the young forward struggled to earn Todd McClellen’s trust and was ultimately sent down to Bakersfield. After recording four points in four games, the Oilers’ opted to recall Puljujarvi after hiring new coach Ken Hitchcock. The Finnish forward is playing well right now under the new coach but at the end of the day his two points (both goals) in 20 games played this season with the Oilers is definitely a concern. Teams need to be patient with young players but ultimately there needs to be some steady positive progression and after 113 NHL games there hasn’t been enough yet. He is only 20 years old so there isn’t any reason to hit the panic button yet but hopefully he shows more offensive consistency soon. Jameson Ewasiuk

November 2018 – Puljujarvi follows the trend of young Oilers’ right wingers (Rattie, Yamamoto) who had strong preseasons but are struggling to produce during the regular season. For most of the season Puljujarvi has found himself on the third line where he has recorded just one goal in nine games and has been scratched four times so far in this campaign. There’s quite the debate going on among fans on why Puljujarvi isn’t producing. One side is blaming the limited minutes and his line mates Ryan Strome (zero points in 13 games) and Milan Lucic (four points in 13 games) as reason why he isn’t generating offence. The other side is pointing out that the winger isn’t standing out in the minutes he is getting and doesn’t look much improved from last season. Regardless of which side is right, it’s obvious that the young Finn has yet to earn the trust of head coach Todd McLellan. The Oilers need to make a decision on whether to play Puljujarvi or send him down the Bakersfield because sitting him in the press box for a third of the season will likely not help him improve. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – On November 10, 2017, the former fourth overall pick was recalled by the Oilers and has stuck with the team ever since. Although he struggled with consistency during the call up, Puljujarvi started to display flashes of what made him such a highly touted prospect. Last season with the Oilers, the young Fin has recorded 12 goals and 20 points in 65 games. There is still a long ways to go before he will be a reliable top six player but he is displaying gradual improvement in his overall play. His combination of size, speed and a dangerous shot definitely has Oiler fans excited about his potential and there is a lot of fantasy upside with this prospect. Consistency and his willingness to use his size in physical battles are both improving. Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan appeared reluctant to give the young Fin more minutes when he’s playing well and he was rarely utilized on the power play. With how poor the Oilers’ special teams was last season, it wouldn’t have hurt for Puljujarvi and his dangerous shot to be given a chance on the power play. This season Puljujarvi should be given every opportunity to seize a top six role and should be given more time on the power play under new assistant coach Manny Viveiros. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2017 – After struggling to get playing time with the Edmonton Oilers, Puljujarvi was finally sent to Bakersfield on January 9th. Since joining Bakersfield, Puljujarvi has excelled. He’s playing top minutes not only in even strength play but also on the powerplay. The young Finnish prospect has found his confidence. With nine goals and 11 assists in 25 games, Puljujarvi has boosted the Condors offence and pushed them into a playoff spot. If injuries come into play, Puljujarvi is making a strong case to get called back up to the big club. Spencer Pomoty

September 2016 – After nursing a knee injury in the offseason that was potentially the deciding factor in not having him on the Finland World Cup team, Jesse came into Penticton with the Oilers hoping to prove himself as an NHL ready player. He did not disappoint as he finished with 6PTS (2G-4A) in just two game and was arguably the best 2016 draftee at an NHL Rookie tournament.

Personally I noticed him more as a complete winger and an asset not only in the offensive zone but in the defensive zone as well. He showed top-end speed and hands when moving up the ice. His cross-ice vision was second to none and he utilized that heavily when entering the zone. While his shot may not be the most powerful, he uses his deadly release and accuracy to catch goalies flat footed. Brayden Sully

June 2016 – The Oilers never fail to luck out around the draft. After Columbus’ unexpected pick at 3rd overall, the exceptionally talented Puljujarvi fell into the lap of Edmonton at 4th. The hulking Finn will be a factor in the NHL lineup next season, and may have an enormous impact on the look of the OIler’s lineup with so many talented forwards now in the lineup.

February 2016 – While bore in Sweden, Puljujarvi has dual citizenship and plays internationally for Finland. Puljujarvi has a deadly combination of size, skill, skating ability and smarts. He uses his large frame to protect the puck, but is not overly aggressive. Puljujarvi has quick acceleration, reaching his top speed in a few powerful strides and has good balance and agility allowing him to skate past opposition. Advanced stickhandling skills allow him to control the puck at top speed and make plays in traffic and under pressure or duress. Thinks the game well two-ways with creative offensive vision and passing skills and has improved his defensive game playing pro hockey against men for Karpat in Finland. Peter Harling


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 4 2 6 8 2 |          
 2011-2012 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 7 5 2 7 2 |          
  Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 23 10 24 34 4 | Playoffs 8 4 6 10
 2012-2013 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 1 0 2 2 2 |          
  Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 8 12 8 20 0 | Playoffs 11 15 9 24 18 
  Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 42 31 20 51 14 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
 2013-2014 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 1 2 3 5 0 | Playoffs 4 4 3 7
  Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 8 7 7 14 8 |          
  Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 18 12 11 23 4 | Playoffs 12 7 0 7
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 7 4 4 8 2 |          
 2014-2015 Kärpät Champions HL 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 11 12 6 18 10 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3
  Kärpät Liiga 21 4 7 11 10 |          
  Hokki Mestis 15 8 5 13 8 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 3 2 5 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 2 5 7 4 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 16 6 7 13 10 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 3 5 8 18 |          
 2015-2016 Kärpät Liiga 50 13 15 28 22 | Playoffs 10 4 5 9
  Kärpät Champions HL 13 0 2 2 6 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 4 5 2 7 2 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 5 12 17 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 9 15 24 10 |          
 2016-2017 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 1 7 8 10 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 39 12 16 28 10 |          
  Finland EHT 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland WC 8 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland (all) International 11 0 0 0 4 |          
 2017-2018 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 12 8 20 14 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 10 1 4 5 4 |          
 2018-2019 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 4 5 9 16 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 4 2 2 4 7 |          
 2019-2020 Kärpät Liiga 56 24 29 53 52 |          
  Kärpät Champions HL 4 2 2 4 0 |          
  Finland EHT 6 1 4 5 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 6 1 4 5 0 |          
 2020-2021 Kärpät Liiga - - - - - |