Puljujarvi signs two-year contract with Oilers

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Jesse Puljujarvi signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Selected by Edmonton with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old forward has scored 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 139 NHL games. His best NHL season was in 2017-18, when he scored 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 65 games.

Puljujarvi has not played in the NHL since 2018-19, when his three-year, entry-level contract expired. That season, he scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 46 games with Edmonton and four points (two goals, two assists) in four games with Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.

Puljujarvi went home to play for Karpat in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland.

In 2019-20, Puljujarvi scored 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 53 games with Karpat to tie for fourth in the league. He has scored one goal in two games for Karpat this season.

His agent, Markus Lehto, previously said Puljujarvi does not want to return to Edmonton and would prefer to be traded to another NHL team.

“I think Jesse going back last year and playing in Finland, he feels good about himself and he had a great year, top five in scoring in Liiga,” Oilers general manager Ken Holland said Oct. 2.

“I think he had probably lost his confidence a little bit, like many young players do, and got that back, so [he] feels better about himself. Certainly there’s opportunity here for young forwards. We’re always looking for good young forwards. There’s as much opportunity here as there is in other cities.”

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