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Jesse Puljujarvi Is On The Brink Of Challenging Auston Matthews To Be The Top Pick In The 2016 NHL Draft



Posted By: Melissa Scanladi on 1/26/2016


My name is Melissa Scanladi and I'll be covering NHL Draft content in Scandinavia for the Elitserien league in Sweden and SM Liiga league in Finland. Last week, I discussed Carl Grundstrom the top prospect in the Elitserien league. Today, I'm going to talk about Jesse Puljujarvi, who is the top prospect in Finland.


Auston Matthews is still the top prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. At the same time Jesse Puljujarvi is making a convincing case to challenge Matthews and possibly supplant him as the top pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.


Puljujarvi helped Oulun Karpat win back-to-back championships in the SM Liiga league in Finland. This season he has 7 goals, 10 assists, and 17 points in 36 games on SM Liiga's main roster. He also had 17 points in 7 games at the 2016 World Junior Championship besting #1 overall pick Connor McDavid's 15 points in 7 games at the 2015 World Junior Championships.


Jesse Puljujarvi bulked up from 6-1 190 lbs to 6-3 201 lbs. He did this while maintaining his current skating and speed. He's a crisp skater that will execute all his assignments. He also uses his speed and size to blow past opponents on tape. He's real good at creating separation.


Puljujarvi has offensive and defensive awareness at both ends. His great work ethic, positive attitude, and playmaking as a passer make him a top prospect. He'd be a better goal scorer if his wrist shot power was stronger and if his shooting was a little more accurate on wrist shots and slap shots. Puljujarvi is a pretty complete prospect, but he needs to become more consistent as a shooter. His shooting does look much better in 2015-2016, but you still need to see him perfect that part of his game.


Puljujarvi is gonna be a top 5 pick. He was a preseason top 3 pick. Now many NHL Mock Drafts have him going second overall behind Matthews after his impressive performance at the World Junior Championships. Can Jesse Puljujarvi maintain that momentum in the 2016 NHL Draft? We will find out.


I may have more updates on Oulun Karpat players at some point in the near future. For now read up on Jesse Puljujarvi and feel free to comment about other SM Liiga players you would like to read about below in the comments section.



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