In one fell swoop today, the Edmonton Oilers sent their top pick in last year’s draft to the minors and waived a “Monster.”
Jesse Puljujarvi, part of the gold medal winning Finnish junior team at the 2016 world championships and Edmonton’s first round (fourth overall) pick in 2016, was sent to the Bakersfield Condors after being a healthy scratch the last two games.
The Oilers completed the daily double by waiving back-up netminder Jonas “Monster” Gustavsson, who was 1-3-1 in seven games, with a .878 save percentage and 3.10 goals against average.
Puljujarvi appeared in 28 games this season, scoring a goal and seven assists and a +5 in just over 11 minutes of average ice time. His his lone goal on the year coming in the season opener against the rival Calgary Flames.
The Oilers recalled winger Anton Slepyshev, the 88th overall pick in the 2013 draft, from Bakersfield. In 15 games this season with Edmonton, Slepyshev has two goals and two assists and is +4.