I think that a lot of people see that draft position and picture a pure point producer, and that (imo) isn't Puljujarvi's drawing card. There isn’t a without-the-puck facet of the winger role during 5v5 that Puljujärvi doesn’t show strength in. He helps zone exits, entries, disrupts breakouts with well-time poke checks, forces dump-ins with backpressure, forcing turnovers. He does all of those things at the NHL level right now. He was a very strong (but not elite) produ
Good character win last night.
Down 2-0 and 3-2, and with their rookie goalie having an off night, the team dug in and came up with some goals to help him out. That's a nice change. It's good for Hart to have nights like this - where the team bails him out - and good for the team to score more than 2.
The 5 forward PP looked good, but I feel that it's just waiting to be exploited by a more aggressive PK team.
JVR, Simmonds, and Patrick all needed this scorin
I agree i take the project in Jesse...is it risky?? Sure.
However for Simmer it's worth the risk....for the upside hopefully it can present.
They have a nice stable of kids already coming this kid is already here.
Question is will the Oilers do it?? Hell i'll even throw Andrew Macdonald in to sweeten it...
Agreed with Bre that seeing some scoring was welcome relief. It may not matter much at this juncture but at least it makes for watchable hockey. JVR's hat trick was "unusual." It was more being in the right place than show of skill. But as they say, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
I think they definitely feel he should be further along as a #4 overall. But @brelic is right that it's too early to declare "bust."
In some respects Puljujarvi hasn't gotten the good look in the right place in the lineup. In others, he's 20.
If anything, EDM might be more inclined to move him if they are "disappointed". If he even turns out to be a Teravainen-type player (20/60), that's not bad.
Obviously, I'd like JR's insight as well!
Oh, I'm sure they would be interested in him. HOW interested? I couldn't hope to say. Trading Puljujarvi represents extreme risk for Edmonton. Making trades (Hall, #16 for Reinhart, Eberle, etc) is how they've gotten themselves into this pickle. For my part, I have zero confidence in them being able to get something like this done correctly.
There was a Simmonds to EDM rumour which somebody in Philly flat-out lied about, according to TSN. Bob McKenzie excoriated the guy on twitter ov