Jesse Puljujarvi's Future With the Carolina Hurricanes Has Been Revealed.

Published June 9, 2023 at 10:58
BY JOE EL-KHOURY
     
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Jesse Puljujarvi, the enigmatic Finnish winger, finds himself in the eye of a storm again. It appears the Carolina Hurricanes have opted not to renew his contract, leaving him as an unrestricted free agent.

Puljujarvi, often the subject of hot debate, has been viewed in recent years as a dark horse by many in the analytics community.

In a piece by Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, discussing players unlikely to see qualifying offers, Puljujarvi's situation took center stage:

"It was a worthy gamble for the Hurricanes, acquiring Puljujarvi for next to nothing, to see if he could find magic with some fellow Finns. It didn't work out. He didn't score a single goal in 24 total games and was a healthy scratch for eight of Carolina's 15 playoff contests."

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Despite sharing the ice with NHL heavyweights like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Puljujarvi struggled to meet the lofty expectations of a player in such esteemed company.

The more traditional hockey pundits have been critical towards him, citing a lack of passing and shooting finesse, as well as a perceived inability to adapt to the North American playstyle.

This season, his performance took a nosedive, managing just five goals and nine assists in 58 games with Edmonton. His move to Carolina saw these numbers dwindle further, with no goals and a mere two assists in 24 games.

Now, as he navigates the uncertain waters of free agency, it remains to be seen if any team will take a gamble on this physically imposing player. Which team will be willing to extract all that talent?

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