Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl can’t stop praising Jesse Puljujarvi

Edmonton Oilers, Jesse Puljujarvi, Leon Draisaitl (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers, Jesse Puljujarvi, Leon Draisaitl (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Winning fixes everything, eh? The Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their buzzer-beating win over the Winnipeg Jets, are riding some nice momentum to start the new week. They’re making some interesting roster decisions to improve their team as they continue on this season one game at a time.

The sign of a true leader, you know, a captain on a hockey team, is making sure to have your voice heard across the locker room and even in the media. Such is the case with Leon Draisaitl as he can’t stop speaking about how much he praises the potential of right winger Jesse Puljujarvi.

Puljujarvi, fresh from being promoted on Sunday to the top line, will only get better over time and looked solid in their 4-3 win over the Jets. The increase of his minutes on the ice will only continue his ongoing development. The fourth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Puljujarvi is looking like it’s all coming together now when it matters most for the Oilers.

The sky is the limit for Jesse Puljujarvi on the Edmonton Oilers

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Even Draisaitl had some choice words to say about what even he’s noticed in Puljujarvi whenever he gets to watch him on the ice. In an article written by Mark Spector of Sportsnet, here’s what Draisaitl had to say about Puljujarvi as of late:

"“It starts off the ice,” Draisaitl said of the change in Puljujarvi. “He seems more engaged, so obviously the language helps a lot. It’s impressive that he’s come in and been so open with everyone. And on the ice he looks stronger, he skates better. It comes down to confidence.”"

Wow, talk about getting some high praise. It’s true, confidence breeds success as Draisaitl knows just how important it is to get recognition when you’re in Puljujarvi’s shows.

The truth of the matter is, Puljujarvi has stepped right in and started to show glimpses of why the Oilers viewed him so highly just a few years ago. You can see it with how he plays and the way he handles himself on and off the ice.

In the grand scheme of things, the sky is the limit for Puljujarvi as he’s only going to get better with time and experience. If Puljujarvi can do his part in this big promotion to the top line, especially with hopefully being a difference-maker in Power Play situations as the season progresses, he will truly be a force to reckon with.

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Of course, it will obviously take probably another year or two but make no mistake about it, the talent is undoubtedly there. It’ll be fun to see Puljujarvi’s progression over time as it’s all about the little things he does that will lead to bigger things. Even Draisaitl knows that it’s really only a matter of time before Puljujarvi puts everything together and starts to be a huge impact player on the Oilers for many years to come.