It appears as though the Jesse Puljujarvi saga is over, at least for the next few months. The Edmonton Oilers prospect told Sami Hoffren of Ilta-Sanomat that he would be staying in Finland for the rest of the season.
While the Oilers could still decide to trade Puljujarvi at any point, it’s hard to expect a team to offer full value if they can’t sign him for this season. That deadline is rapidly approaching regardless, as the young restricted free agent would have to sign an NHL contract before December 1st to be eligible to play at all in the 2019-20 season.
Puljujarvi, 21, is dominating Liiga this season, scoring 11 goals and 20 points in 18 games with Karpat. It’s hard to know what that really means for his future though, as he was putting up strong numbers for the same team in 2015-16 even before he was drafted.
The key in this situation is that Puljujarvi is no longer waiver-exempt, meaning any team signing him would have to keep him in the NHL. That appears to only matter for next season however, meaning Edmonton GM Ken Holland may have greater opportunities to move him in the summer.