The last time I saw Jesse Puljujarvi play a full game of hockey was in 2018-19 with the Edmonton Oilers.
He seemed to constantly bobble the puck, fall down far too often ,and regularly cut his shifts short, as if he was ultra-worried about over-staying his welcome on the ice.
Essentially, he looked shattered, physically and mentally.
The 22-year-old Puljujarvi is fairly swaggering with confidence on the ice. He’s glowing with purpose, shining like a well-cut diamond. After his rough patch in Edmonton, it’s a welcome sight.
With instatscout.com, I watched five of the six games that Puljujarvi has played in the Finnish league this season. In those six games, he’s got five goals and two assists.
I was curious to see Puljujarvi because a) there’s no other meaningful hockey to watch right now, b) I’m obsessed with the Oilers and also something of a completist, meaning I want to soak up all the information, and c) Oilers coach Dave Tippett had recently given the player something of a rave review in an Oilers Now interview.