April 24 2016 12:04PM
Top prospect Jesse Puljujarvi scored this goal vs Russia tonight in the U18 World Championship Quarterfinal... pic.twitter.com/9ZoRlqmHDJ— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) April 21, 2016
The World Juniors at Christmas and the U18s this month have given us a good look at Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi. Although generally regarded as the third or fourth best talent in this year's draft, there is very little doubt he is an impact prospect. Who is Jesse Puljujarvi and can he help the Oilers?
April 23 2016 10:59AM
In 2012 (legend has it), the Edmonton Oilers were hoping Oil Kings forward Henrik Samuelsson would fall to them early in Round 2. As it happened, the Arizona Coyotes drafted the Pittsburgh native No. 27 overall. Early in the second round, Edmonton chose another Oil Kings forward, Mitchell Moroz. In the days since, Oilers fans have beaten up that selection left, right and center, mourning the loss of Samuelsson and casting the stink-eye in Moroz' direction. How are things going, anyway?
April 23 2016 07:00AM
I’ve got to admit I smiled when Devan Dubnyk was voted the 2015 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, annually awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
April 22 2016 08:19PM
The Edmonton Oilers have so many left-handed defensemen in the pipeline, if they draft another one the fans might revolt. Timing being everything, there are precious few RHD this draft season. One of them is a mobile defender who is showing well in the NCAA. Meet Charlie McAvoy.
April 22 2016 06:22PM
Once again, the Edmonton Oilers are slated to enjoy a high selection at the NHL’s annual Entry Draft. The exact position of that pick is yet to be determined; it’s possible that Edmonton will have the chance to select future first-line centre Auston Matthews with the first overall pick but more likely that the team will instead get a shot at one of two extremely talented right-shooting Finnish right wings.
The idea of adding a Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi should be extremely appealing for the Oilers. On the other hand, there’s also a very strong case to trade that pick for immediate help, just as there was for the picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014.