Jesse Puljujarvi reveals the worst for his NHL future…  

Jesse Puljujarvi reveals the worst for his NHL future…

From worse to worst for the former first-rounder.



Forward Jesse Puljujarvi’s future in the NHL is in limbo - even the former first-rounder knows it. In a recent interview with Ilta Sanomat, a Finnish news source, Puljujarvi revealed the worst for his future in the top league.

“So far, nothing has been heard from the NHL, when everyone knows that it will take many more months to get fit. I know that there is some interest in the NHL, but let’s wait until I get closer to playing condition.”

Earlier this summer, the Carolina Hurricanes did not make the impending restricted free-agent forward a qualifying offer and he ended up on free agency on July, 1st. This came at a crushing time for Puljujarvi, who underwent double hip surgery.

“The most difficult phase of all was 2.5 weeks after the operation. In the beginning it was just being able to walk. Now let’s slowly start to wake up the muscles. There are 20-centimeter incisions on both sides of the buttocks. Now they are constantly trying to gain strength and mobility. It gets better every week”

 - Jesse Puljujarvi

However, the news on a potential contract in the NHL isn’t getting any better. No team has called regarding his services. At this stage of the offseason, it could mean the end for now in America.

Puljujarvi came to Carolina after the Edmonton Oilers sent him packing in a trade at the past deadline in March. He appeared in 17 games for the Canes, recording just two assists. He added an assist in seven playoff games.

He could be a great addition as bottom-six forward for any team at this point, and could at least be given a chance on a professional tryout contract.

However, time is almost running out…

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Source: Ilta Sanomat, a Finnish news source