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  • Jesse Puljujarvi is quite the consolation prize for Blue Jacket's Finnish GM


    However, in this year's draft, having the third overall pick will be tough for even Finland-native Jarmo Kekalainen to screw up. He doesn't have to go very far than his native country for Jesse Puljujarvi from Karpat of Finnish Liiga.

    Blue Jacket's Reinforcements

    But I would be remiss if we didn't mention Sonny Milano. Milano was a good pick in the 2014 Entry Draft, and at 19 years old, he made his debut with the Monsters in the AHL. He has a very good skill-set and hands that could make him a dynamic player in the future.

    Jesse Puljujarvi is a good consolation prize

    Even if the Blue Jackets can't get Patrik Laine or Auston Matthews, Puljujarvi was considered once in the top 2 of this draft class before Laine had quite the showing in the World Juniors and in the Liiga playoffs. The 6'3" 201 pound 18 year old is really shifty as he skates well and has a burst of speed to win races to the puck and quickly get into a position to score before you know what happened. He uses his body well to shield the puck and be tough to knock off the puck.

    Puljujarvi is a heck of a playmaker. Where did most of those goals in the WJC from Laine come from? Well, off the stick of Puljujarvi, of course. In the 7 game WJC tournament, Puljujarvi had 15 assists. The kid is always swarming to the puck and looking to create with it. In one of the games during the tournament, a commentator had said that his performance was as dominant you could get without scoring.

    His is one knock on Puljujarvi compared Laine. Laine was just more accurate, but make no mistake that Puljujarvi had plenty of opportunities to bury the puck and sometimes the puck just went off the post. The scoring did slow a bit later in the season which also caused his draft position to suffer slightly.

    How He'd Fit the Wild

    He's big? Check. He's fast and a good skater? Check. Is he Finnish? Definitely Check (not Czech).

    If the Wild are going to take this puck possession style seriously, Puljujarvi's ability to swarm the puck with the physical tools he possesses, he'd fit that style perfectly.


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