Oilers' GM sees young player as possible deadline addition.


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The Edmonton Oilers' biggest addition could come from within the organization, and not via a deadline deal.

General manager Peter Chiarelli recently made the trip to Bakersfield to spectate Jesse Puljujarvi, the 18-year-old first-round pick who was sent to the AHL earlier this season to continue his development.

Chiarelli was pleased with what he saw.

"He is getting a lot of touches and you could see his confidence is coming back," the GM told Chris Wescott of "The defensive side of his game is getting better, and he's made a lot of progress down there and he's playing a lot of minutes."

The young winger managed only a single goal and eight points in his first 27 NHL games. During his stint with the Condors, Puljujarvi has recorded five goals and six assists in 15 games, including three goals in his past four games.

He could be added to the roster in the hopes of giving the Oilers a potential offensive boost in the postseason.

"He's going to be in the conversation come the deadline," said Chiarelli. "He's a dangerous player down there. He was far and above the most dangerous player I saw in both the games down there."