An Open Letter to Jesse Puljujarvi

With all the craziness that’s surrounding Jesse Puljujarvi this summer, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to sit down and write a letter that expresses my frustration about what’s going on. And before you complain that we’re beating this story to death, I actually tend to agree with you, just remember that we’re in the middle of August with not a whole lot going on and this is one of the only pieces of business that still needs to be resolved.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably tired of hearing about Puljujarvi being bummed out about his role with the Oilers. That said, the idea of trading away Jesse Puljujarvi for such a lame reason is endlessly annoying and needless given the position he plays and the holes on the roster. Yeah, I know the first three years of his career haven’t gone the way he’d like, no one is going to deny that, but I also think it would be premature to pull the chute and call ‘er quits without, at least, giving the new GM and coach a chance to make things right. That’s why I wanted to write this letter.

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Dearest Jesse,

I’m not going to lie, this is a tough letter to have to write to you this early in your career. I still remember the day when the Oilers had the good fortune of drafting you at fourth overall, something that no one would have expected given how amazing you were at the World Juniors a few short months earlier, and thinking that you would be an absolute unit on the right side for the next 15 years. The excitement was real, my man. We had a bar packed with people and every single one of them started chanting your name — it was nuts and it was exciting. So the fact that we’ve gotten to a place where you want out only three years later is almost inconceivable to me.

Now, I’m not going to pretend to know the reasons behind your trade request, I certainly have my share of theories, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that you need to reconsider and realize the opportunity that lay ahead of you. In your own words, you want to be an NHL player with the chance to play top-9 minutes without having to worry about bouncing in and out of the lineup, and you have to be able to see that this can happen for you in Edmonton. Seriously, just look at the depth chart on the right side and honestly tell me you don’t see a hell of an opportunity for yourself there. To put it another way, which other teams can give you the chance to have Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as your centreman provided that you earn the ice time? There are none. Full stop.

Opportunity aside, I understand that you want out and that you would rather play anywhere other than Edmonton, but I don’t think the approach you’re taking is going to get you what you want. If we’re actually at a point of no return, and that is your choice after all, then you need to understand that having both you and your agent going off in the media isn’t going to help you get what you want. Your boy has been playing some kind of whiney game of chicken with Ken Holland for months now, and I don’t think that Old Dutch is the kind of manager that’s going to bow to the pressure nor do I think he car. I mean, Markus Lehto is firing arrows at the Oilers on websites and radio stations across the country, and the only thing it’s doing is making you look entitled, which isn’t a great vibe overall.

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If anything, and this is just my opinion, I truly believe that speaking out as much as your camp has this summer is actually driving your price down, and that fact could be pushing the GM into letting you waste a year in Europe rather than being in the NHL where you want to be. Quite frankly, I think your best bet would actually be to keep quiet, come to camp in great shape, and bust your ass as a means to prove your worth. At this point, you honestly haven’t proven anything at the NHL level and the offers Holland is getting are probably so low that it doesn’t make any sense to move you anywhere right now. I’m telling you, man, you have to think this through. With that in mind, I wanted to write to you here and now because I think you’re making a mistake, and also to tell you that if you can manage to keep an open mind to the very real opportunity you have here then the situation could be salvageable. You just need to keep an open mind.

Now, get yourself back into town and do what it takes to go out and have a good season, buddy. Gord knows we need you.

Your friend,


  • YFC Prez

    An open letter Baggedmilk.

    JP is not a prospect worthy of the time and effort you put into writing this open letter. He’s accomplished squat in the nhl. He is entitled and at this point would be a huge distraction in the locker room. Not to mention He wouldn’t even be able to read your letter without a translator. I don’t want JP within 1000 kms of the oilers roster. Go away JP I’m over you, and just so were clear. It’s you! Not me.

    Your fried
    YFC Prez

    • Geomessier

      Some hard working ….. Tyler Bension – type ….. is sure to take a key role in the top 6 this year. Hard work will always get you a spot in Edmonton plus nothing but open opportunity on all the top 6 wing spots!!! Like any other winger is licking his lips going into camp.

      You have a solid year riding McDavid, Dri, Nuge, coat – tails and you got yourself a 5 + years career right there.
      Got’s to put in the work BEFORE you taste the HONEY!

      Jesse will be watching this all happen from far far away.

      Enjoy watching the World Class NHL on the TV only kid!!

      Keep up that frame-of-mind and you will be playing full time 4 ever in KHL by 25

  • slats-west

    Dear Jesse
    You’re agent is a complete knob, fire him, before you become an arrogant pri$k like Kadhri or worse, Seguin.

    You are NOT Nylander, could be one day, but today you are not. You don’t have a very good hockey IQ at this point In your career – you’re more like a wind up toy that bounces into things ( mostly Connor and LD and it’s pissing them off), stop it. Learn the game. Grow up. Be a star then You will get “the Quan”.(watch this movie Jerry MacQuire 100 times to learn English)


  • T Shuttz

    Dear God this is like breaking up with an ugly girl. Jesse it’s you not me, you’re not that hot. Jeebus I mean your barely a 6/10. Give it a break, time to move on. One day you will find someone for you. In the meantime, go to the gym and get buff. Work on that man bun and curly mustache, the millennials love kind of stuff. No more calls, facebook status updated or comments in the media. It’s over Jess time to move on down the road to mediocrity at best. It wasn’t fun while it lasted bro.

    • YFC Prez

      Curly staches are about the only cool thing the millennials have brought back to us. Honestly, if JP showed up at camp with a wicked handle bar stach all would be forgiven, yes I’m that fickle.

  • FlamesFanOtherCity

    You have to wonder what goes on in the dressing room if a young guy has publically asked for a trade. Isn’t the money. Isn’t the new coaches. Some players have “off the record” said they didn’t like playing with him. His agent is saying little has changed. Perhaps a toxic environment has developed, at least in his mind. That can happen when you lose games for several reasons. Can also happen when you have younger players trying to fix the problems.

    • 99CupsofCoffey

      I agree with everything you said. I had hoped he would change his mind and at least have a “i’m going to work my butt off and prove i’m a good player” rather than the “i’m going to take my ball and go home” response. Sad really.

  • goodtobelucky97

    Dear Mr. Puljujarvi,
    Your job relocation request is pending.
    We will advise you as to when we can find a suitable city to send you to.
    Until then, get back to work.
    Thank you,