Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi signs one-year contract with Finland’s Oulun Karpat


Jesse Puljujarvi has signed a one-year contract with SM-Liiga Oulun Karpat club, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old spent the last season with the team after a three-year split between the Edmonton Oilers and the AHL Bakersfield Condors.

Drafted fourth overall by Edmonton in 2016, Puljujarvi joined the Alberta club as one of the most vaunted members of his draft class, but has yet to break out at the NHL level. thanks to his big-league debut, his career output sits at 37 points in 139 games.

Returning to his native Finland last season, Puljujarvi dominated by 24 goals and 53 points in 56 games.

While it seemed at times over the past season that the young winger’s tenure in Edmonton was over, Puljujarvi recently left open the possibility of a possible Oilers return.

“You can never say no,” he told Finnish newspaper Tampere Iltalehti last week, translated by NHL.com.

“I grew up and I see it a little differently. There is now another General Manager (Ken Holland) and Head Coach (Dave Tippett) there. They are a winning team in Edmonton. I may still play there. ”

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Puljujarvi’s new deal with Karpat includes an NHL out-clause, which would allow the young Finn to return to the Oilers for the 2020-2021 season.


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