Chris Johnston was speaking about Oilers forward Jesse Puljujärvi on Sportsnet and said that GM Ken Holland has “talked extensively with teams going back to the summer, I believe the New York Rangers are a team that continues to show persistent interest in Jesse Puljujärvi.” (Sportsnet)
Puljujärvi is currently and RFA and playing in Finland after asking to be traded from the Oilers. (Sportsnet)
This season he has 11 goals and 9 assists in 18 games.
In his NHL career, he has 17 goals and 20 assists in 139 games.
He was the #4 overall pick in 2016.
As an RFA, Puljujärvi has to sign by December 1 or he can’t play in the NHL this season.
Adam Rotter: It makes sense that the Rangers would have interest in Puljujärvi as another talented young player to add to the group they already have. It’s a deal that is tough to make because the Oilers, likely, won’t just give him away and the Rangers don’t have a ton of players that would fit Edmonton’s drive to make the playoffs. It likely comes down to whether, likely at the trade deadline, they would be willing to trade him for Chris Kreider. that is if the Rangers move Kreider. Maybe the Rangers trade a couple of picks or prospects for Puljujärvi and then Edmonton flips those assets to another team for help trying to make the playoffs.