Oilers Forward Hints at Possibly Leaving The NHL to Play Elsewhere

Published December 10, 2022 at 12:43

Jesse Puljujarvi of the Edmonton Oilers is starting to feel the pressure of his offensive troubles after just scoring one goal in 26 games this season. He recently gave a Finnish news outlet some information and made a hint about maybe abandoning the league.


With 36 points in 65 games last year, the Finn enjoyed a career year and even garnered some Selke nominations, but this year, his play on both sides of the puck has deteriorated. The Oilers could be able to assist Puljujärvi in finding a method to rebuild his self-confidence, whether that is a trade, more minutes, or a possible demotion to the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers AHL affiliate.

Puljujarvi had this to say, which raises concern in some areas:

«Twenty games in and I have one goal. It's sad,» Puljujarvi told Finnish journalist Tommi Seppälä, of YLE news agency, on Tuesday evening. «I've been thinking a lot how to do things differently. Right now, I just don't have the answer.»

«Of course I'd like to be a productive top-line player,» Puljujärvi said in his native Finnish, as translated by Seppälä, «But right now, it looks like I can't do that in NHL. Maybe some other league.»

After stating those comments he has received as little as 7 and 11 minutes of ice time throughout his last two games, he did play his heart out during the Oilers most recent game, which can be proved by the stats below:

December 10   |   115 answers
Oilers Forward Hints at Possibly Leaving The NHL to Play Elsewhere

Should the Oilers trade away Puljujarvi in hopes for a spark in his career?

Yes9885.2 %
No1714.8 %
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