The Edmonton Oilers sent Jesse Puljujarvi to Bakersfield this afternoon, after placing Mark Fayne on waivers earlier in the day. I’ll have an update at 4pm about these moves (and any that follow) but these transactions bring the final roster into view. Puljujarvi entered camp with a clear shot at winning an NHL job out of camp but Kailer Yamamoto beat him out for a job. This is not a bad day, but a good one. The organization is maturing and part of that maturation is making moves with the longer term in mind.
The issues for JP are twofold: Edmonton needs a pure skill winger (the third and fourth line RW jobs can be filled by more experienced hands) and Puljujarvi isn’t bringing enough offense to justify a top 6F role. This may also indicate a trade is in the works, or that Leon Draisaitl will begin the season at RW. More later.