The Edmonton Oilers are pushing for a total revamp of their lineup.
The Oilers have reportedly met with Jesse Puljujarvi's agent to speak about a potential trade as the deadline approaches. However, in order for the young forward to be dealt, the Oilers would have to be floored by an offer.
Oilers had discussion with Markus Lehto, agent for Jesse Puljujarvi today. Team is open to trading him if a proper return can be found, and in the meantime an AHL stint to help boost offence and confidence is being considered. No decisions yet.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 15, 2019
Puljujarvi hasn't turned into the driving player they thought he was, but he's still just 20 years old.
The Oilers selected Puljujarvi with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 Entry Draft. His big body and incredible play during the World Junior Championship made him a hot commodity, but he's failed to meet expectations. He has just nine points in 45 games this season and could be in store for another stint in the AHL.
If an offer presents itself, the Oilers are reportedly inclined to trade the young winger instead of wait out his development.
I think the return needed to convince the Oilers to trade Puljujarvi would be quite high. Team still believes in the player and if return isn’t what they want they’ll be happy to sit tight and continue working with him.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 15, 2019
The return would be high but Puljujarvi has solidified his spot on the trade block in Edmonton.
The Oilers are setting themselves up for a busy trade deadline. They're already in talks of sending Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers and they've been heavily connected to multiple top-six wingers. Puljujarvi is still a promising prospect, but if the Oilers can finally obtain a top winger for Connor McDavid, the deal may be too good to pass up.