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Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto sent to AHL

Fans have been asking for it for quite some time and it’s finally happened. Both Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto have been sent to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL, according to the Oilers’ official Twitter account.

It was hoped that both young forwards could take a step forward and play a big role on the Oilers this season, but, through a month, that hasn’t happened. Puljujarvi has one goal in nine games, has spent a lot of time in the press box, and has seldom seen opportunities outside of the bottom six. Yamamoto has one goal and one assist in 12 games, got a chance on the top line with Connor McDavid, but has been bouncing in and out of the lineup as of late.

The Oilers seem keen to roll with Ty Rattie, Drake Caggiula, and Alex Chiasson as their top three right wings right now, so there’s no sense in keeping Puljujarvi and Yamamoto up with the team either to play bottom-six roles or watch from the press box. The 2016 and 2017 first-round picks can head down to Bakersfield and get some major playing time in the AHL.

We don’t yet know who will be coming up to fill the two open spots on Edmonton’s roster. I would guess veteran Brad Malone would be one of them, but the second is really anybody’s guess. They might want to keep the kid line of Tyler Benson, Cameron Hebig, and Cooper Marody intact, so maybe an older player like Patrick Russell gets the recall.

We shall see! Regardless, I’m happy the Oilers are finally doing the right thing and giving their key prospects an opportunity to find their game in the minors.



      • OldOilFan

        sarcasm? if so, then well said… TM doesn’t seem to like JP, and while he does appear to like KY, he favors vets exceedingly.
        Personally, I thought Yam would be scoring more this year [than last]. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen, at least not yet.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Best thing for both of them having them sit in the pressbox isnt going to do anything for their development, this should have happened 4 games ago.

    Hopefully these two go down get a ton of minutes pot some goals get some PP and enjoy it. Especially Jesse the kid needs to get his confidence up and get playing, because having him and TM together is just too toxic. Lets hope they do well

  • Rufio Barcoli

    It took them 20+ games to realize that Kailer wasn’t NHL ready? Damn!
    I don’t know who is to blame for Kailer being in the line-up, but WoW.

    Toddy is bad judge of character and ability, and is not a McDavid worthy coach.
    Toddy is not even worthy of Jesse Puljujarvi, seeing as how he didn’t even know what to do with him.

    • 0W-20

      Blame Chiarelli-pet, he is responsible for the transactions. McLellan certainly didn’t help by the way the player was handled, but he didn’t construct the roster.

      Once again, the EDM brain trust should be fired into the sun.

  • OldOilFan

    “Hall Trophy”….
    ALL NHL teams (because of the cap) need to have ELC players who produce. The Oil have now sent 2 recent first rounders down to the AHL. It sucks that the Oilers organization didn’t score big immediately with at least one of these guys, but them’s the breaks.
    Still, the last thing any Oil fan should want to see is for JP or Yam get traded too early and then go on to become another “Hall” [Hart] Tropy winner someplace else.

  • Rama Lama

    Finally………..thank goodness! This coach likes veterans as do most coaches………but the brilliant ones develop players. I would have liked to see them start in the AHL ( as should all players not named Gretzky, Messier, Kerri, Lemieux, or McDavid) and then let the cream rise to the top.

    The Oilers approach is much different; start them in the NHL, never let them develop chemistry with any player for more than one shift, change the lines as much as possible, put them in positions to fail by playing them out of their natural positions, bench them and then expect them to get better.

    I know I probably sound like a broken record……….but how players are developed by this organization is a joke! Time to try a new approach because I refuse to believe that we keep drafting in the top ten, and continuously pick the only dud in the draft selection.

    • wiseguy

      Darnell Nurse was sent back to junior for 2 years, played AHL a bit and the jury is still out on him. Others like Benson, Pitlick, Musil, were sent back to junior and played AHL also didn’t pan out. Players all have different development paths and face it, the majority of drafted players never make it to be regular nhl players much less the stars we hope the will be.

  • OriginalPouzar

    These two become the two youngest players on the Condors – Jesse is still 20 until May and Yamamoto just turned 20.

    They join three other rookie pros, each with a PPG or better pace – Benson (20yo), Hebig (21yo) and Marody (21yo).

    Not to mention, Jones has 8 points and is playing big minutes in all situations – looking great.

    Lagesson, my underdog favorite, also quietly has 6 points in apx 10 games along with his plus defence.

    I love my Condors season pass on AHL TV, it was only $60 and now its even more exciting.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I would like the Oilers to run with a 22 man roster and stay apx $1M under the cap which will allow them to accrue some cap space on a daily basis to bank and use for acquisitions later. If they call up two guys, they will still only have a nominal amount of cap space and really won’t be accruing anything (in particular if Marody is a call up given he’s at the ELC max of $925k)

  • OriginalPouzar

    I would like the Oilers to run with a 22 man roster and stay apx $1M under the cap which will allow them to accrue some cap space on a daily basis to bank and use for acquisitions later. If they call up two guys, they will still only have a nominal amount of cap space and really won’t be accruing anything (in particular if Marody is a call up given he’s at the ELC max of $925k)

  • OriginalPouzar

    I would like the Oilers to run with a 22 man roster and stay apx $1M under the cap which will allow them to accrue some cap space on a daily basis to bank and use for acquisitions later. If they call up two guys, they will still only have a nominal amount of cap space and really won’t be accruing anything (in particular if Marody is a call up given he’s at the ELC max of $925k)

    • Crazy Pedestrian

      Hey OP, you REALLY wanted to get you message across by posting it three times eh?
      lol… I do agree with you though. I don’t really think calling anyone up would change anything at all for the roster deployment anyway. So accruing some cap cash would be the smart thing to do.
      (Of course, we all know chia wont be doing the smart thing as it took him 2-3 weeks longer than it should have to send JP and KY down when the obviously needed to be)

  • Clayton

    If I was Puljujarvi I would refuse to report and demand to be traded to a team that will help him develop not just shove him in a press box and play him on the third line. The way management handles player development has to be the worst in the league.

  • Kelly Youngblood

    No point in trading JP now unless there’s a GM who’s willing to give back more than scraps. Oilers need scoring help on the wing now. RW Josh Anderson in Columbus isn’t happy with his ice time…………..

    • What the Puck

      No more work in progress players. We cant waste anymore Mcdavid. It’s high time chia wins a trade. All in on Nylander. If not then it Must be a big gun. Kessel is being shopped. Cmon chia give us something to assure us you have at least half a brain in that beady little head.

      • Clayton

        What would the Oilers have that the Leafs would want in a Nylander trade? They want players that can play now, not picks or prospects as the centerpiece of the trade.

          • Clayton

            A while ago when Nurse looked better perhaps, he has looked pretty rough so far this year. Moments where you think ok, here he is…then too many moments when you think what was he thinking. It would take Nurse + a good pick + good prospect.

          • Big Nuggets

            When has Nurse ever had an actual good defense partner? Only for a stretch last year with Larsson when he was playing top d minutes. Other than that Russell has been his best. No knock on Russell but he is not great. Point being I think Nurse has done admirable enough not to be written off just yet. I’d like to see how he plays when he has a good puck moving defense partner. And the Oilers happen to have a couple RD prospects that will need a partner in a year or two.

            Also, no chance in heII I further weaken this defense crew to bring in a soft scoring winger. Didn’t we just run one of those out of town?

          • The Whispererer

            Trouble is that we would also have to have another $4 million contract to send along with Nurse so we could fit Nylander’s new contract within our less than meager cap space.

          • The Whispererer

            Unlikely that anyone can compete with Carolina who would be able to put together a package like Pesce + Necas or better, and they have nearly $20 million in cap space.

          • GRC

            Nylander would be a nice fit for this team being that he plays both RW and Centre but trading Nurse depletes the defence beyond repair. I also dont see how the team deals with the obvious cap issue.

      • Big Nuggets

        I hope you were drunk when you wrote that. We need a defenseman way more than a winger, and in either case announcing you are all in on trading is just bad policy. How about looking for a trade and only making one if a good one comes up?.

  • Serious Gord

    Stauffer and many on this site favoured starting the season with Bouchard Yamamoto and puljujarvi on The oil. Many within this group felt that if they didn’t demonstrate that they were ready that they could be sent down with little harm done.

    I disagree.

    Firstly the team’s lines have been unsettled for almost 20% of the season (not to mention the same being the case in BAker and elsewhere.)

    And the trio all got far less ice time to work on their game and what little they did was under the unforgiving pressure of the big league in front of one of the most critical fan bases on earth.

    I think this modus operandi has to end. I doubt it will.

  • camdog

    Oilers seem to think if you are young and skilled with NHL size/speed that you’ll just pick up the game, because you know it worked like that in the 80’s…

  • Quoteright

    Positive note, the Oilers actually have some talent on the farm!!! And the big team is above %.500
    I don’t think this has ever happened in the 12 years I’ve been following. Benson and Hebig are looking good. Hopefully we can get better production from our call ups in the nearer future.
    Remember what the farm looked like when Pete took over.
    The Leftorium of average Defence and nothing else.