Jesse Puljujarvi
Image: Liiga

Jesse Puljujarvi

Hometown:

Tornio Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1998-05-07

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2016

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2016

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st Round (4th Overall), 2016

Weight:

203 lbs.

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History

2013-14: Jesse Puljujarvi split time between the Karpat’s U18 and U20 squads. In 18 games for the U20 team, Puljujarvi scored 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points to go along with a +15 rating, then added seven more goals in 12 playoff games leading up to a runner-up finish . In eight games for the U18 squad, he scored seven goals and seven assists for 14 points.

2014-15: Puljujarvi saw his first action in Finland’s top league, Liiga, as a member of the Karpat squad. In 21 Liiga games, he scored four goals and added seven assists for 11 points. He also played 15 games while on loan to Hokki in Mestis, scoring eight goals and adding five assists for 13 points, then adding an assist in three playoff games for that team. Puljujarvi also spent some time with Karpat’s U20 team, scoring 12 goals and six assists for 18 points in 11 games, then scored two goals and one assist in five playoff games. Puljujarvi competed for Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, going scoreless in five games at that tourney. He also played for Finland’s entry at the 2015 U18 World Championship where he scored two goals and added five assists for seven points in seven games for the silver medalists.

2015-16: Puljujarvi played for Karpat’s Liiga squad from the start of the season. Puljujarvi once again suited up for Finland’s U20 team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he earned MVP and Best Forward honors in his country’s gold medal win on home ice. He scored five goals and added 12 assists to finish with 17 points, the most of any player at this WJC. Puljujarvi was ranked second among European skaters for the 2016 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings, and is currently ranked second overall by ISS Hockey. Puljujarvi was chosen in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Talent Analysis

Puljujarvi is a big, playmaking forward who uses his size to advantage and is constantly looking to create scoring chances. A talented stickhandler and passer who is extremely mobile for a player his size, he is remarkably consistent and competes in all three zones of the ice.

Future

Puljujarvi had a memorable season in 2015-16, playing for Karpat in Liiga as a 17-year-old and winning gold medals with the Finland U20 and U18 teams at their respective world championship tournaments. Expected to be one of the top three players selected in the 2016 NHL Draft, he could push for an NHL roster spot in training camp. He projects as a dominant, top line playmaker with a rare combination of size, skill and hockey instincts.

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

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Juuso Valimaki and Eeli Tolvanen - Team Finland - Gold Medal Game - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland captain Juuso Valimaki and forward Eeli Tolvanen pose with their gold medals after Finland downed Sweden 6-1 to win the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

It was just three short months ago that Finland celebrated a home-ice, gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That country can now make room in the trophy case for more gold as Team Finland defeated archrival Sweden by a 6-1 score to win the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

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Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Robin Salo has chipped in a goal in five games for his country at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

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Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

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Photo: University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula was the scoring star for the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

 

There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more»

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Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»