OILER SIGN PULJUJARVI

The Edmonton Oilers signed Jesse Pulujuarvi to his entry-level deal today, giving the team another solid option for their top 9F this fall. He is unique in that the Oilers could send him to Finland, the AHL or keep him in the NHL.

50-man

Oilers 50-man is now at 47, with three slide rules (JP, Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear). There is still room for one or two additions.

july 13 roster

We can talk about Puljujarvi spending the year outside the NHL, but that is not realistic based on his talent and the Oilers own history.

  • Corey Pronman: He’s an unbelievable skater for a 6-foot-4 player, having a great top gear and a really fluid stride. He’s not that physically aggressive, but he closes on guys so well that he pressures and wins battles effectively. Puljujarvi shows a high-skill level, a plus shot and high-end hockey IQ. He is constantly around the puck and setting up his teammates.
  • Red Line Report: Big horse looks and plays like a Mats Sundin clone. Has the four S’s: size, skills, skating, shot. Has all the tools to be a dominant power forward who combines top-notch skills with brute force. Terrific size/strength and is impossible to move off the puck — uses wide stance and is hard on his stick. Comes alive whenever the puck is nearby. Wants to make plays. Dynamic skater accelerates in a few strides and has excellent speed. Uses long reach and soft hands to beat “D” off the rush. Dangerous every shift. Excellent puck control, often impossible to contain. Receives tough passes without slowing down. Drives the net and protects the puck well. Has good hands in close with vision and playmaking skills. Responsible two-way player has good defensive awareness. Played the playoffs and U-18 Championships with a knee injury that required surgery after the season. Source
  • The Black Book: This very talented Finn brings to the game a rare blend of power, skills and commitment. He is quick for a big kid and is an impressive skater who uses his speed to impact the play in different ways. He can be very effective on the forecheck, leaving defensemen little time to escape pressure.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Bob Stauffer Verified account
    ‏@Bob_Stauffer

    Jesse Puljujarvi signs ELC. Same AAV as Pierre Luc-Dubois 3.425M

  2. Bank Shot says:

    Marner 4th-1,775,000
    Bennett 4th- 3,225,000
    S.Jones 4th- 3,225,000
    G.Reinhart 4th- 3,275,000
    A.Larsson 4th- 925,000
    Johansen 4th- 1975,000

    Does that make Puljujarvi the highest paid 4th overall in the cap era?

    Wish they could have gotten the bonuses down a bit more.

  3. ~ Hall of Shame ~ says:

    general fanager:

    CURRENT CONTRACT
    Source: @Bob_Stauffer
    Cap Hit: $925,000
    AAV: $3,425,000
    Total Value: $10,275,000
    Length: 3 years
    Type: Entry
    Expiry Status: RFA
    Year NHL Salary AHL Salary Performance Bonus Signing Bonus
    2016-17 $925,000 $70,000 $2,500,000 $92,500
    2017-18 $925,000 $70,000 $2,500,000 $92,500
    2018-19 $925,000 $70,000 $2,500,000 $92,500
    Notes
    Contract estimated based on initial report. Details to be confirmed.

  4. Oilers Sign Jesse Puljujarvi • The Oilers Rig says:

    […] as per our pal Lowetide, is also one of three slide rule contracts that Edmonton has on it’s 50-man list, joining […]

  5. edwards_daddy says:

    “Does that make Puljujarvi the highest paid 4th overall in the cap era?”

    It’s only a small thing, but it feels like another red flag against Chiarelli’s negotiation skills.

  6. Oddspell says:

    I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but the Steve Dangle Podcast had Scrivens on as a guest. I’m not done yet, but there’s a lot of good Oilers chatter so far. Favourite so far is Scriven’s short profile of Nail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJNzzgJtsJs&feature=youtu.be

  7. gerberoo says:

    Trying to temper my expectations on this kid as we have seen a bust and a few maybe’s come through high in the draft but all signs point to him being a player with significant upside and NHL ready so I’m definitely excited to see the kid play with NHL talent. He’ll have to earn his spot since we have some depth unlike some others.

    We just watched this movie with Leon would like to see a different script this time unless it’s 100% clear he’s ready.

  8. Bag of Pucks says:

    The most worrisome aspect of the Hall trade HAS to be the fact that Chiarelli made this ‘potential’ bet once before with Reinhart and we know how that’s worked out to date.

    Granted, Larsson has a larger sample size of GPs in the actual dance to validate this assessment of ‘potential’ but a devil’s advocate (no pun intended) would also argue that this sample size shows greater proof that he doesn’t project to have elite offensive skills. And why in hell would you trade a 1OV for a one dimensional defenceman, regardless of how supposedly stellar that dimension is? This is not a complete two way defenceman like Duncan Keith or Drew Doughty and we traded one of the best EV producers in the league for him – a true outscorer (i.e. the holy grail)!

    Now, I’m still a fan of Reinhart, liked that trade when it was made, and am hoping like hell he pans out. But we traded a lottery ticket for him! Mid first rounders are no lock to be elite players.The cost was WAY less than trading an elite offensive talent drafted first overall.

    Most people who like this trade are arguing that you can lose the trade but win the war. But here’s a little secret that most poker players know. There are a handful of money hands in any poker tournament that you absolutely have to extract maximum value from if you hope to win it all. In losing the Hall trade, Chiarelli has severely compromised the potential of this team to win it all. Yes, he may very well ice a more competitive, balanced team in the shortterm, but it was done at the expense of an elite talent. You can’t lose those trades AND climb the mountain.

    The Hockey Gods rewarded this team with 3 straight 1OVs and then McDavid! And still, Chiarelli sees fit to try and extract more favours from them in trading proven for potential. Don’t piss off the Hockey Gods!

  9. Richard S.S. says:

    This just gives the Oilers another top quality option for McDavid’s RW. He will be playing there soon enough, so why not start him there?

  10. kneedeepinit says:

    to compare cap hits in different years, you have to use % of total team cap space, not actual dollars. A $10,000,000 cap hit is much different if the salary cap is $40,000,000 than it would be if the cap was $100,000,000

    Pulj – $3,450,000 – 4.69% of team cap space
    Marner 4th-1,775,000 – 2.48% of team cap space
    Bennett 4th- 3,225,000 – 4.67% of team cap space
    S.Jones 4th- 3,225,000 – 5.05% of team cap space
    G.Reinhart 4th- 3,275,000 – 5.45% of team cap space

    other than Marner’s deal, it is in the range or lower than the last 5 years.

  11. B S says:

    Oddspell,

    DJ posted it in the last thread, fantastic interview. Funny as hell at times too, not just for the Oilers talk. He calls out a lot of shit talked about great players by MSM and other outsiders. His eye-roll at the “toronto-center of the universe” comment was ear-splittingly audible. I loved it.

    Loved the Yak discussion, Subban too.

  12. B S says:

    Richard S.S.,

    Because he’s a rookie. Rookies make mistakes. and in the NHL mistakes end up in the back of the net. Oilers have been demonstrating this for a decade.

  13. su_dhillon says:

    Richard S.S.:
    This just gives the Oilers another top quality option for McDavid’s RW.He will be playing there soon enough, so why not start him there?

    Agreed, If there is one thing we can agree on it’s that this team has handled teenagers the right way by plugging them into roles where they need to contribute right away. Not only is it optimal for the players long term success it also has proven to be a boost for the Oilers record.

  14. Drew says:

    Richard S.S.:
    This just gives the Oilers another top quality option for McDavid’s RW.He will be playing there soon enough, so why not start him there?

    ~Why not start him off in a role playing lesser opp. with less of a spotlight on him. ya know set him up to succeed?~

    After looking at this for a little longer, are you just trolling the site?

  15. B S says:

    Player sounds great. Love the range of skills too. I really hope they either play him in the AHL, or barring that, send him back to Sweden after a taste of coffee. otherwise we’ll be complaining about how he doesn’t score, or doesn’t defend and trying to trade him for a 2nd or third line winger. Rookies make mistakes, rookies struggle, and when they do it hurts the team. Half the problem with the oilers the last 4 years is that there is always a couple of rookies on the team, with little pro experience, that they are trying to break in all at once. It was acceptable 6 years ago, when losing was acceptable, not it is not.

    I hope Pulujaarvi has along and fruitful career with the Oilers, and think he could be a top 6 winger in a couple of years. I would rather he establish that he can excel in the AHL as a two way forward before we pencil him in on a line with a sophmore center and quick skating goon, against the best hockey players in the world.

  16. till_horcoff_is_coach says:

    Scoring seems to take a bit to develop when transitioning directly from a bigger surface. I hope fans take a deep breath and wait a year before even considering his offensive output.

  17. striatic says:

    Question: Would Chiarelli trading McDavid for Hedman or Subban or OEL or [your pick] have been a better trade than Hall for Larsson?

  18. Ducey says:

    I hope Chia does pump, dump and replace.

    I.e. run Yak (w McD), Ebs, Kassian and Pak on the right side.

    Then trade one of Yak (or Kassian) midseason (after game 42) and bring up Pooli. It would keep the bonuses low, and hopefully Yak boosts his value from something more than its current value of a 12th round pick.

  19. Richard S.S. says:

    Drew,

    Don’t be a fool. If Nuge is Line One, start him on McDavid’s Line. If McDavid’s now Line One, start him with Draisaitl. Either way, he’s on McDavid’s Line as soon as possible.

    Strange, TSN, Sportsnet and ESPN are all set up on my phone to give Oiler/NHL notifications. ESPN always sends it out first.

  20. ~ Hall of Shame ~ says:

    Bag of Pucks: Most people who like this trade are arguing that you can lose the trade but win the war. But here’s a little secret that most poker players know. There are a handful of money hands in any poker tournament that you absolutely have to extract maximum value from if you hope to win it all.

    This.

    BTW all the other GMs act like they have one of those hands as soon as they know you are going to move an elite player.

  21. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Welcome aboard officially Jesse!

    I probably missed it but has it been decided what number he will wear with #9 not being an option?

    Edit: I see he wore #13 sometimes for Finland.

  22. striatic says:

    Regarding Puljujarvi, something to note is that the U20 WC will be in North America this year, and high profile. There’s some incentive for Puljujarvi to play in it, and if the Oilers wanted to season him on North American Ice and avoid burning too much of his contract, they could start him in the AHL, have him go to the Junior tournament with Finland and then join the Oilers to finish the season.

    This is what I’d like to see happen. I think it would take the sting off of not making the opening night roster to know he’ll be playing in a major tournament. If he can repeat his MVP performance on smaller Ice then all the better.

  23. Drew says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Drew,

    Don’t be a fool. If Nuge is Line One, start him on McDavid’s Line.If McDavid’s now Line One, start him with Draisaitl.Either way, he’s on McDavid’s Line as soon as possible.

    Strange, TSN, Sportsnet and ESPN are all set up on my phone to give Oiler/NHL notifications.ESPN always sends it out first.

    That’s not what you said.

    I am trying to not to “be a fool” but McDavid will be seeing the best opponents the second he sets foot on the ice so that is the comp faced by his wingers.

    You suggested starting JP with McDavid playing the best, I can not read your mind to know that is not what you meant sorry for being “a fool”.

    Don’t want to be “the fool”.

  24. Richard S.S. says:

    Drew,
    Sorry, but re-read your first comments.

    Don’t be a fool.

    If Nuge is Line One, start him on McDavid’s Line.If McDavid’s now Line One, start him with Draisaitl.Either way, he’s on McDavid’s Line as soon as possible.

    This should be the response to both your statements.

  25. striatic says:

    Drew: I am trying to not to “be a fool” but McDavid will be seeing the best opponents the second he sets foot on the ice so that is the comp faced by his wingers.

    GMoney’s Top/Muddle/Dregs stats show that any opposing coach who does not put Top Comp out against McDavid is going to pay. He’s human against Top Comp. He’s Superman under a Yellow Sun against anything else.

    When Yak was making hay with McDavid and Pouliot last season, I don’t think the rest of the league had figured that out yet, though I’d like to see if the stats bear that assumption out. Yak might not do as well if you just repeat the experiment.

  26. Drew says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Drew,
    Sorry, but re-read your first comments.

    Don’t be a fool.

    If Nuge is Line One, start him on McDavid’s Line.If McDavid’s now Line One, start him with Draisaitl.Either way, he’s on McDavid’s Line as soon as possible.

    This should be the response to both your statements.

    no idea what you are trying to say…

  27. sesame_oil says:

    Oddspell,

    Thanks for sharing the youtube link. Great interview with scrivens saying yak is “criminally misunderstood”. Saying yak works too hard, tries to do too much and wanting so bad to win”, boy is yak a bad guy. We don’t need that type of guy in oil country. Glad he said that Derek Roy held yak accountable for the offensive and defensive side of the puck.

  28. Drew says:

    striatic: GMoney’s Top/Muddle/Dregs stats show that any opposing coach who does not put Top Comp out against McDavid is going to pay. He’s human against Top Comp. He’s Superman under a Yellow Sun against anything else.

    When Yak was making hay with McDavid and Pouliot last season, I don’t think the rest of the league had figured that out yet, though I’d like to see is the stats bear that assumption out. Yak might not do as well if you just repeat the experiment.

    that is what I am alluding to, Mcdavid will see the best dmen as the league knows what his performance is, i.e. ask Lucic. Why throw a rookie into that? Maybe i worded it poorly?

  29. admiralmark says:

    Richard S.S.:
    This just gives the Oilers another top quality option for McDavid’s RW.He will be playing there soon enough, so why not start him there?

    I honestly thought you were being sarcastic. But knowing the Oilers it just might happen.

  30. Bag of Pucks says:

    ~ Hall of Shame ~: This.

    BTW all the other GMs act like they have one of those hands as soon as they know you are going to move an elite player.

    True dat.

    Sadly, I think Chiarelli was hugely pressured to make this deal. After Dithers, MacT came in promising ‘bold moves’ and then realized it ain’t that easy when everyone at the table is looking to fleece you and your paltry chip stack (in terms of barren organizational depth) doesn’t empower you to bluff. So Katz and Nicholoson bring in ‘The Man Who Traded Kessel and Seguin’ to deliver his patented ‘bold moves.’

    Everyone and his dog knew Chia needed a defenceman and the price went through the roof. Rather than pulling a Snow and waiting for market conditions (i.e. cap constraints) to force a more favourable deal like Leddy and Boychuk, he trades his Ferrari for a pickup truck, because dad gum, as sexy and rare as that supercar is, what he needs is a practical work truck. And oh yeah, he’s got a hemi dodge waiting in the wings that he thinks is every bit as good as the Ferrari.

    Lucky us.

  31. Richard S.S. says:

    In two years time Connor McDavid’s ELC expires and he signs His Contract. On his Left is Milan Lucic for as long as McDavid wants. On his Right is Jesse Puljujarvi for as long as McDavid is an Oiler. That’s almost written in stone.

    Sometime in the next two years, starting now, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6.0), Benoit Pouliot ($4.0) and Jordan Eberle ($6.0) will be traded for Cap Space. What you get back depends on when you trade them. But that a discussion for another time. It’s getting time to see what’s next from Lowetide.

  32. Gordies Elbow says:

    Bag of Pucks: True dat.

    Sadly, I think Chiarelli was hugely pressured to make this deal. After Dithers, MacT came in promising ‘bold moves’ and then realized it ain’t that easy when everyone at the table is looking to fleece you and your paltry chip stack (in terms of barren organizational depth) doesn’t empower you to bluff. So Katz and Nicholoson bring in ‘The Man Who Traded Kessel and Seguin’ to deliver his patented ‘bold moves.’

    Everyone and his dog knew Chia needed a defenceman and the price went through the roof. Rather than pulling a Snow and waiting for market conditions (i.e. cap constraints) to force a more favourable deal like Leddy and Boychuk, he trades his Ferrari for a pickup truck, because dad gum, as sexy and rare as that supercar is, what he needs is a practical work truck. And oh yeah, he’s got a hemi dodge waiting in the wings that he thinks is every bit as good as the Ferrari.

    Lucky us.

    He couldn’t wait for market conditions to improve. As you point out, every other General Manager knew the position that he was in, and are incentivized to keep the team with Connor McDavid as weak as possible. The McDavid clock is ticking, and he needed to shore up the first right pairing, with a defender that won’t break the bank.

    The trade of Hall and the bringing in of Lucic signals a significant change in direction. To effectively play the “place and chase” 2 forchecker system, you need heavy bodies for puck retrieval. That’s the preferred style of both McLellan and Chiarelli. Hall’s a great forward, but not a puck retriever in a corner possession system.

    Expect more wingers like Lucic, Maroon, Kassian, and Beck. Heavy, hard, fast is McLellan’s motto for the team. Hall’s just the beginning.

  33. MessyEH says:

    JP will need to spend 42 games in the AHL. Between Nurse, Reinhart, Dr Drai and McDavid we have to much cash tied up in potential bonuses We don’t need a penalty for next year.

  34. jm363561 says:

    Richard S.S.:
    This just gives the Oilers another top quality option for McDavid’s RW.He will be playing there soon enough, so why not start him there?

    Pajaarvi, Gagner, Yak, RNH, Nurse (destruction in progress). Swedish Poster: Legendary Detroit scout (Håkan Andersson) – “he’s still physically immature so I truly hope the Oilers don’t screw up his development by expecting him to be a contributor from Day 1.” That’s why.

  35. jm363561 says:

    MessyEH:
    JP will need to spend 42 games in the AHL. Between Nurse, Reinhart, Dr Drai and McDavid we have to much cash tied up in potential bonusesWe don’t need a penalty for next year.

    Totally agree. We can just about absorb the bonus $ of McD, Drai and Nurse in the cap cushion. There is no way JP and GR can also be on the roster for more than 41 games (the minimum number of games for the bonuses to be payable) without eating $5m or so cap room and blow us out of the water. That Reinhart trade was not thought through.

  36. JimmyV1965 says:

    B S:
    Player sounds great. Love the range of skills too. I really hope they either play him in the AHL, or barring that, send him back to Sweden after a taste of coffee. otherwise we’ll be complaining about how he doesn’t score, or doesn’t defend and trying to trade him for a 2nd or third line winger. Rookies make mistakes, rookies struggle, and when they do it hurts the team. Half the problem with the oilers the last 4 years is that there is always a couple of rookies on the team, with little pro experience, that they are trying to break in all at once. It was acceptable 6 years ago, when losing was acceptable, not it is not.

    I hope Pulujaarvi has along and fruitful career with the Oilers, and think he could be a top 6 winger in a couple of years. I would rather he establish that he can excel in the AHL as a two way forward before we pencil him in on a line with a sophmore center and quick skating goon, against the best hockey players in the world.

    They need to start him in the AHL. The game on the small ice is a lot faster than it is in Europe and he needs to learn that path of the game.

  37. JimmyV1965 says:

    Bag of Pucks: 0

    No offence, I find it really weak to argue that everyone knew chia needed a dman, and this drove up the price. It just doesn’t make sense. There’s just as many teams if not more desperate for offence. I think it’s a convenient excuse for a bad trade. Same with the narrative about Hall’s character, or coachability blah blah blah.

  38. Bag of Pucks says:

    Gordies Elbow: He couldn’t wait for market conditions to improve. As you point out, every other General Manager knew the position that he was in, and are incentivized to keep the team with Connor McDavid as weak as possible. The McDavid clock is ticking, and he needed to shore up the first right pairing, with a defender that won’t break the bank.

    He could’ve waited until teams are forced to get under the cap and are forced to shed salary. Shattenkirk and Barrie are still in play under that scenario.

  39. Bag of Pucks says:

    JimmyV1965: No offence, I find it really weak to argue that everyone knew chia needed a dman, and this drove up the price.It just doesn’t make sense.There’s just as many teams if not more desperate for offence. I think it’s a convenient excuse for a bad trade.Same with the narrative about Hall’s character, or coachability blah blah blah.

    The market sets the price. Chia forced this trade at a time when it was a seller’s market. There is nothing forcing the seller’s hand at this point in the season. If he waited until teams are forced under the cap, he has more leverage, albeit it’s likely never a true buyer’s market for top pairing RD given the scant supply.

    Fully agree there is no rational excuse for the trade outside the desperation of a perennial loser opening a new building.

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