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JR Ewing

8/27/19 - EDIT: Jesse Puljujarvi signs with Finnish League

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14 minutes ago, JR Ewing said:

he should have been left in Europe to develop

 

And mature. Yup to all that. But he bares responsibility for being an uncoachable and disinterested (e.g., in learning English) player.

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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.

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Update on Pulju. He just played three games with the Finnish National Team, in the first line with lots of TOI and PP time. One assist. After the games he stated that he'd spend this season in Finland. He still needs a lot of development to make it in the NHL. We'll see how it goes for him, come spring and the IIHF championships. Right now it might be difficult to trade him.

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28 minutes ago, lynxrattle said:

He just played three games with the Finnish National Team, in the first line with lots of TOI and PP time. One assist.

 

Wondering who the heck is on the Finnish National Team at this point of the season?

 

29 minutes ago, lynxrattle said:

He still needs a lot of development to make it in the NHL.

 

Should probably have been left in Finland rather than brought over to play in the A - at least for a year or two. (As I think you noted earlier in the thread).

 

29 minutes ago, lynxrattle said:

Right now it might be difficult to trade him.

 

They're almost certainly not getting the value that they put into the draft pick in return for him.

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On 11/11/2019 at 9:19 PM, radoran said:

 

Wondering who the heck is on the Finnish National Team at this point of the season?

KHL and and the European leagues had a small break. Even with that relatively weak opposition Pulju was not able to really light the lamp. And yes he should have stayed back for a year or two. Igor Larionov was following the games, interviewed by the Finnish media and he stated that too. It is really an exception a European player is able to switch to the NHL right away after the draft.

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