Jesse Puljujarvi was drafted 4th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL draft. Jesse fell in the Oilers laps when the Columbus Blue Jackets surprised everyone at the draft by selecting Pierre Luc Dubois 3rd overall ahead of Jesse. Edmonton promptly selected the Finnish born player. Early on in his draft year Jesse was ranked number 1 on Central Scoutings list along with fellow Finn Patrik Laine. At the World Junior Tournament in 2016 Jesse had 17 points in just 7 games.
For a big man 6’4″ and 215 pounds Jesse skates very well. Has game breaking skills and is a great play-maker. What makes Jesse even better is the fact that he knows where to go to score goals. Has soft hands and a very quick release. Jesse uses his large frame to protect the puck. Has very good puck control at high speed.
Jesse finished last season, his first full season in the NHL with 12 goals and 8 assists for 20 points. Near the end of the season Jesse started to falter in his game. He lost all his confidence and it was noticeable. Jesse spent most of his even strength playing time with Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic. It didn’t help Jesse any when Milan Lucic was also suffering from a bad streak. Near the end of the season the Oilers replaced Lucic with Khaira.
Jesse got his feet wet last season and experienced what it is like to play an 82 game grind at the NHL level. Look for Jesse to score 20 goals this coming season and notch 25 assists. If the Oilers can stop blending lines so much and give Jesse a couple linemates and stick with them it would go along ways in helping Jesse’s confidence. Nice to develop chemistry with a couple players, rather than new linemates every few games.
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