It has seemed as though a fresh start might be in order for Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi, after several seasons of frustration from both the team and player. Selected fourth-overall in 2016, Puljujarvi hasn’t found his footing in the NHL (or AHL for that matter) and has just 37 points through 139 games. He heads into this offseason as a restricted free agent, and several reports have him on the trade block. Ryan Rishaug of TSN tweets this morning that the Oilers are looking for a third-line NHL forward in exchange for the young Puljujarvi, and if they can’t get one they might just hold tight.
Rishaug included several other nuggets of information:
- The Oilers have the eighth-overall selection in this weekend’s draft, and may be looking at Swedish defenseman Philip Broberg. The 6’3″ defenseman played in Sweden’s second league this season and doesn’t turn 18 until next week. Broberg is a big, excellent skating defender, but some have questioned his hockey sense and upside over the last few months. The first round this year looks like it will be filled with interesting decisions, as the fifteen or so players ranked after Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko could go in any order.
- If the Oilers are looking at free agent forwards this offseason, Rishaug suggests that Washington Capitals UFA Brett Connolly will be of interest. The 27-year old scored 22 goals in 2018-19 and registered 46 points for the Capitals in a breakout season, finally showing some of the offensive upside that caused the Tampa Bay Lightning to draft him sixth overall in 2010. Connolly made just $1.5MM in each of the past two seasons, but has earned himself a healthy raise.