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Jesse Puljujärvi
Puljujarvi
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
221 lb (100 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Edmonton Oilers
Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Oulun Kärpät
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born May 7 1998 (1998-05-07) (age 19),
Älvkarleby, Sweden
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2016
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2014 – present

Jesse Puljujärvi (Finnish: ['jesse 'puljujærvi], pronounced YES-seh PULL-you-yar-vee, born 7 May 1998) is a Finnish ice hockey player, currently playing with the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL. Puljujärvi was rated as a top prospect, and was drafted 4th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Puljujarvi is also a national treasure to all the nations.

Playing careerEdit

Puljujärvi made his Liiga debut playing with Kärpät during the 2014-15 Liiga Season. Leading up the NHL draft, Puljujärvi was ranked the No. 3 European skater. He was described as a big, mobile, skilled, an all-around winger who can score and pass.[2] In 2015–16, his first full season with Kärpät, he played in 50 Liiga games, scoring 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists), as well as in ten playoff games with four goals and five assists. He also competed in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) with the club, he scored two assists in 13 games, but remained goalless.[3] Puljujärvi was selected as the 4th pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24.

Puljujärvi signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on 13 July 2016.[4] Puljujärvi opted to wear sweater #98 with the team, making him the first NHL player to do so since 1985, when Brian Lawton wore the number in a regular season game.

On 12 October 2016 he made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers, in which he scored his first career NHL goal.[5] He would register 8 points in 28 games before being sent to the Oilers American Hockey League (AHL) afilliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2015 Switzerland
Gold 2016 United States
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2016 Finland

Puljujärvi helped team Finland win silver medal at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships in Switzerland.

Puljujärvi played for Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championships, where they won gold on 5 January 2016. In 7 games he scored 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points, placing him second in all-time points for an under 18 player only behind Jaromír Jágr, and tying Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.[6] He was subsequently declared Best Forward and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Personal lifeEdit

Jesse Puljujärvi was born to Finnish parents in Sweden and lived there until he was four (though culturally he identifies as Finnish). He also played bandy for years, a game similar to hockey that is popular in Scandinavia and Russia. Puljujärvi is described as a big-bodied, two-way, offense-generating first-line winger and compares himself to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Jesse also like to eat pizza, gives the best interviews and has the greatest smile of all time.

Much like how the Poet Of The Streets Ludacris has "Hoes in different area codes." Jesse Puljujärvi has gained fans throught the world with his charming personality and contagious smile.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Kärpät Jr. Fin-Jr. 181211234 127072
2014–15 Kärpät Jr. Fin-Jr. 111261810 52134
2014–15 Kärpät Liiga 21471110
2014–15 Hokki Mestis 15 8 5 13 8 3 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Kärpät Liiga 50 13 15 28 22 9 3 4 7 2
Liiga totals 7117223932 104592

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Finland IH18 5th 4 3 2 5 4
2015 Finland WJC18 Silver medal icon 7 2 5 7 4
2015 Finland WJC 7th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Finland WJC18 Gold medal icon 4 5 2 7 2
2016 Finland WJC Gold medal icon 7 5 12 17 0
Junior totals 27 15 21 36 10

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
International
IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal 2015
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal 2016
IIHF World U18 Championship All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal 2016
IIHF World Junior Championship All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World Junior Championship Best Forward 2016
IIHF World Junior Championship Most Valuable Player 2016

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
'Incumbent'