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Former Oilers fan favourite may return to hockey soon.

Published October 15, 2023 at 4:23 PM

Jesse Puljujarvi's NHL career was one marked by bitter disappointment, both for himself and for the teams that acquired him through the draft and trades.

He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2016 and selected 4th overall in the first round. At the time, the Oilers organization held high hopes that he would become another valuable addition to their roster and contribute to the new Connor McDavid era.

Unfortunately, those hopes did not materialize, and his stock value plummeted due to poor play and overall disappointment. It was later revealed by Chris Johnston of TSN that he had undergone double hip surgery during the offseason. Furthermore, the Carolina Hurricanes did not extend a qualifying offer, rendering him an unrestricted free agent.


"The rehab process has been very encouraging for Jesse Puljujarvi, to the extent that he may be prepared to return to the NHL as early as next month," Johnston stated on Insider Trading Thursday. "Given the revelation of his offseason double hip surgery and the absence of a qualifying offer from the Carolina Hurricanes, he's back in Finland, has resumed skating, is reportedly feeling strong, and is actively seeking a new deal. Perhaps a low-risk, cost-effective option for a team to consider during the season."

During his time with the Oilers, he spent over five seasons with the team and appeared in 317 games. His overall statistics include 51 goals, 63 assists, and a total of 114 points.
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