I should’ve learned Finnish. I can however, ask where the bathroom is en francais three different ways.
Jesse Puljujarvi has signed on for another year in Finland. It does appear that he has an NHL out-clause, should he sign with the Oilers (or if he’s moved between now and then).
Camp has already begun for Karpat, and Puljujarvi would rather be playing than not. With the NHL’s next season (hopefully) beginning sometime in either late November or early December 2020, it’s easy to see why Puljujarvi signed on to play now.
Puljujarvi’s 2019-20 season was a reclamation project. He finished fourth in Liiga in total points (24-29-53) in 56 games played. He gained a world of confidence back after a couple of tumultuous seasons in Edmonton. At just 22 years of age, Puljujarvi is just five months older than Kailer Yamamoto.
According to the release, Puljujarvi can opt-out and sign an NHL deal at any time with the Oilers. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him play another year with Karpat after such a successful 2019-20. With Kailer Yamamoto being the only clear top six right winger currently on the Oilers, it sets up an opportunity for Puljujarvi should he and GM Ken Holland come to an accord.