The day of that draft, I thought that he would surely pick Puljujarvi, and then he didn't. I was pretty shocked actually, as I thought it would be a perfect match. As ever, what we don't know about these things greatly outweighs what we do know, but it would seem that he saw things pretty well. I don't know if this is fan talk or what, but my understanding is that school did not come very easily to Puljujarvi, and that he effectively quit attending at 16, to "concentrate on hockey".
Kurt Leavins, Edmonton Journal
.If you missed Jesse Puljujarvi on Friday re-stating his demand to be traded, the Cult of Hockey’s David Staples recounts it
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. While I have written and still think it’s possible Puljujarvi will be in camp this Fall, the bigger question has really become: How did we get to this point? There’s no question the organizatio
In the good old days the Finns typically didn't leave the Finnish league until they had played there for a couple of seasons. Selänne was 22, Saku Koivu 21, Jere Lehtinen 22 when they made the transition. Olli Jokinen was 19, played a few games, came back to Finland, and returned to the NHL for the next season. In hindsight Puljujärvi and IMO Laine as well should have stayed in Finland and matured at least for a season, possibly two, before making the transition.