The sunshine of positivity is shining so bright Edmonton can barely handle it. Last week’s sunshine had us basking in a rookie who has the RD looking oh so bright going forward. This week we take a look at the Oilers RW options, and that crowd favourite pizza eating, tongue loving man. So sit back, slide that needle onto that sweet sunny theme song and let us all enjoy the glow of Jesse Puljujarvi.
At the Nation Draft party oh so long ago now in 2016, as the Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekäläinen passed over the projected pick of Jesse Puljujarvi for Pierre-Luc Dubois, pundits were shocked and Oilers fans were excited. The Oilers got a big right winger to fill the gap behind Jordan Eberle. What scouts had to say about Jesse at the time:
Unlike Laine, Puljujarvi is more of a playmaker and 200-foot player than a pure scorer. He’s not expected to have the same offensive impact Laine will at the NHL level, but there’s a two-way component to his game that scouts like … Puljujarvi will never shortchange his team in effort. But while he’s hugely competitive he’s far more than just a high-motor guy. “Sometimes people see his competitiveness and activity, they get caught looking at that and forget what a good player he is.”
I think that’s a fair assessment for what we have seen from JP so far. a strong looking kid who when giving a chance to succeed has done well.
Where my excitement for this player comes from is having another year under his belt and the rumours that he was finally given an English tutor this season to help his speech along. From where I blog, I have had a tough enough time trying to survive on my many road trips through Quebec trying to get gas, let alone trying to play a sport with its own language in and of itself. The fact that he has had a chance to work on his communication and on top of that spent the entire year last year as Milan Lucic’s linemate (who had just an absolute disastrous second half that Puljujarvi no doubt felt the effects of too) only bodes well for him coming into this season with a fresh look at the ice and perhaps maybe even a new linemate or two.
The arrows all point up for Jesse Puljujarvi as a player but off the ice JP provided us with some of the best stories and video clips that Oilers fans used to soften the blow of last year’s disappointment with:
From jumping into cars:
To jumping onto the ODR:
To that untameable spirit that is always making Oilers fans smile:
The Oilers need to recall Jesse Puljujarvi again soon because I'm getting desperate for a good pizza bomb. pic.twitter.com/CXBxQHRTgr
— Brian Foran (@BForanNHL) October 15, 2017
And finally some of the purest and unassuming interviews we have ever seen:
He is an absolute fan favourite and a guy that is impossible to cheer against. That combined with all the untapped potential with this young man the future is bright.
Jesse Puljujarvi is definitely a positive.