Oilers assign Puljujarvi, waive Gustavsson

Zach Laing
January 09 2017 10:09AM

Following last night's loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Oilers have made some moves.

The news surprises few. Jesse Puljujarvi has played in limited time this season, playing in only 28 games averaging at 11 minutes per game. Now, he will get the opportunity to shine in Bakersfield alongside a Condors team that is currently seventh in the AHL's Pacific Division.

It was my belief all year that the Oilers wanted to ease Puljujarvi in slowly. Being an 18-year old moving across the world is tough enough, let alone having to adjust to the North American ice surface. 

Anton Slepyshev has been up and down all season but will get another shot at showing his NHL worth. The young Russian has scored four points in 15 NHL games this season. 

Jonas Gustavsson was signed to be the Oilers backup this season but has had some mighty struggles. He has played in seven games this season and has posted one win alongside a 3.10 GAA and a .878 sv%. Gustavsson was pulled in three of the games he played in.

This could be an option moving forward.

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Zach started blogging from his Mom's basement years after falling in love with the ‘06 Oilers. Now he's a journalist writing for the Nation Network and still living in his Mom’s basement. He is also 1/2 of the AJHL's Canmore Eagles play-by-play broadcast. .
#101 bazmagoo
January 09 2017, 08:48PM
Trash it!
Bills Bills wrote:

I am betting Gustavson or Goose-toff-son as Cole so eloquently calls him, will end up in the ECHL. No way anyone makes a claim on him.

I am sure he has just played his last NHL game.

Thinking the same. ECHL or bust for the Monster.

#102 DukesRocks
January 10 2017, 04:21PM
Trash it!

So Finland came to the Oilers to see the availability of Puljujarvi for the WJC and the Oilers said no. One week after the tournament is over they send him down to the AHL. Puljajarvi should have started the season in the AHL, played the WJC and hopefully get called up during the latter part of the season. Is it any wonder people accuse the Oilers for ruining the confidence of young star prospects. Shameful organization.

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