Jesse Puljujarvi… remember that name?
The big Finnish forward who the Edmonton Oilers drafted 4th overall back in 2016, you may recall, has effectively walked out on the Oilers organization opting to play the 2019-20 season in Finland rather than Edmonton. The 22 year old had a productive season in Finland too, scoring 24 goals and 53 points in 56 games while awaiting a trade from Oilers GM Ken Holland. A trade that never materialized.
It was reported back in December that the Oilers were close to a deal with the New York Rangers that would see Puljujarvi exchanged for Lias Anderson. The deal obviously never happened and… well you know the rest of the story.
Now though, Oilers insider Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal wonders if Puljujarvi could be on the move this offseason for another former first rounder: Owen Tippett of the Florida Panthers.
Check it out:
In a perfect world, Holland would like to trade Jesse Pujujarvi’s rights to, say, Florida for another right-winger and first-round draft like Owen Tippett, more of a goal-scorer than the Finn. But, that’s a trade for the 2020-2021 season. And it’s unlikely Holland would deal Puljujarvi’s rights at the 2020 draft unless it’s for a first-rounder because he’s has played 139 NHL games and he was the fourth overall pick in 2016
The 21 year old Tippett, for what it’s worth, is not related to Oilers head coach Dave Tippett.
Matheson also threw out the Ottawa Senators as another trade target:
Thoughts, Oilers fans?