Puljujarvi records assist in first AHL game

Zach Laing
January 11 2017 11:00AM

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photo via Bakersfield Condors

After being assigned to the Bakersfield Condors on Monday, Jesse Puljujarvi potted an assist in his first American Hockey League game. 

Playing on the Condors top line alongside defenceman turned winger Joey LaLeggia and former third round pick Jujhar Khaira, Jesse Puljujarvi had a solid first game with the team. The Condors took down the San Antonio Rampage in thanks to points from two new comers.

Jesse Puljujarvi had the primary assist on Bryce Aneloski's second-period goal that extended the lead to 4-1 late in the second frame. Jaedon Descheneau, who played in his first game with the Condors after being recalled from the ECHL, potted an assist on the Condors second goal.

Puljujarvi was a plus one on the night and stayed out of the penalty box as well. The young man is going to have a big chance to play down in the AHL. He already has gotten a good look last night being able to play on the top line.

It will be interesting to track his development as the season progresses. 

Below, you can see his assist in thanks to the Condors twitter account. 

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#1 This.Is.NHL
January 11 2017, 11:13AM
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You think with his jersey number being 98 he should be at least a point per game.

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#2 OTOF2
January 11 2017, 11:14AM
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Did he not get a goal in his first NHL game? Regression! Lol.

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#3 Spydyr
January 11 2017, 11:27AM
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Best place for the kid. Top line, top minutes and powerplay time. Develop him, improve his understanding of the North American pro game and boost his confidence.

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#4 Redbird62
January 11 2017, 12:18PM
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I won't discuss the contract aspects or the acclimatization to a new culture in North America here, as this has been debated at length in other posts, but just based on on ice development, having JP initially spend half a season with the Oilers could be a good thing. Had he gone straight to Bakersfield, yes he might have quickly been able to dominate, but I think aspects of his development could have been lacking. After all, Anton Lander knows how to dominate in the AHL. After 28 games, he and the Oilers should have a decent idea about what he needs to work on to be a more effective NHLer. That understanding on his part is probably enhanced by him actually having tried the NHL even in a little role. Don't forget he also had 4 months of practicing with NHLers too and that is valuable to his development. I believe when Draisaitl went back to the WHL, the Oilers were able to impress upon him what he needed to learn, and he knew from experience what they were getting at. A nine game stint probably isn't enough to make a complete impression.

In terms of comparative usage during that 40 game stint, the circumstances were different. Draisaitl had previous experience with the demands of a North American schedule in the WHL, with more games and more travel. The Oilers situation is different too, since they had less options to use other players than the Oilers have had this year. I am not sure if anyone still believes the Oilers mishandled Draisaitl development, but results are what matter and he is delivering. I am willing to give the Oilers the benefit of the doubt on JP for the time being.

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#5 916oiler
January 11 2017, 01:13PM
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Any chance he gets a call up this year - or is he in the AHL to stay for the rest of the season?

Not really hoping either way, just curious.

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#6 Spydyr
January 11 2017, 01:17PM
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916oiler wrote:

Any chance he gets a call up this year - or is he in the AHL to stay for the rest of the season?

Not really hoping either way, just curious.

Injuries, where the Condors are in their playoff race and where Oilers are in the standings will all play a part but I would suspect he gets called when the roosters are expanded unless the Condors are going into the playoffs. IMO playoff action would do more for his development then riding the pine and eating popcorn in the the NHL.

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#7 toprightcorner
January 11 2017, 07:12PM
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Is there a reason why he is wearing #9? He will never get that number in the NHL with the Oilers. If it was his old number then he must be superstitious, but if he is superstitious, why would you wear a number in the AHL that if you had success with, you could not wear it when called back up to the NHL. Just seems strange.

Unless the Condors are just trying to save money on jerseys??

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#8 toprightcorner
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916oiler wrote:

Any chance he gets a call up this year - or is he in the AHL to stay for the rest of the season?

Not really hoping either way, just curious.

The only way he doesn't get called back up is if he struggles offensively and I don't see that being the issue. The Oilers are not concerned about NHL games played so if he has 25 pts in 25-30 games he will be back for the last 10 games. I would guess that after 30 games he will have 35 pts or more. Playing with LAnder, he could even get 40 pts.

Only other reason he won't is if the Oilers add 2 RW at the trade deadline.

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