Oilers Fans Disappointed After Terrible Asset Management Decision

Published June 1, 2023 at 6:18 PM

The Oilers have squandered a fourth overall pick into absolutely nothing 7 years later to the disappointment of fans.

Oilers Fans Disappointed After Terrible Asset Management Decision

Jesse Puljujarvi was drafted 4th overall in 2016 ahead of players like Matthew Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, and Charlie McAvoy. When Puljujarvi was originally drafted, many thought he would be the perfect winger for Connor McDavid.

However, he has not blossomed into the star many thought he would be. In a career that has certainly not had linear development, Puljujarvi played 334 games and registered only 114 points. Due to his disappointing performance, Puljujarvi was traded to Carolina in exchange for unsigned prospect Patrik Puistola.

The Oilers acquired Puistola knowing his rights expired today and decided not to sign the Finnish winger. Puistola registered 40 points in 60 LIIGA games this past season and still could potentially make the NHL down the road.

With Patrik Puistola not signing, the Oilers have officially received nothing in return for Puljujarvi.

Now, Puljujarvi's NHL career is in jeopardy as many think Carolina will not resign him after a disappointing stint scoring 0 goals and registering 3 points across 24 regular season and playoff games with Carolina.

Quite disappointing for the Oilers considering they could have had a duo of Matthew Tkachuk and Connor McDavid (two hart finalists this year) but instead have nothing to show for a top 5 pick.

As seen on Oilers Daily - Oilers fans are upset they will not sign a Finnish prospect
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Oilers Fans Disappointed After Terrible Asset Management Decision

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