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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Jesse Puljujarvi stick handling the puck in a game
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The Pittsburgh Penguins Secret Weapon Could Be A Hidden Top Five Pick

Published January 25, 2024 at 12:10

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward, Jesse Puljujarvi, is hoping to earn himself a NHL or AHL contract with the Penguins after battling back from injury. In the nine games he has played so far, he has 3 goals, one of which came last night with an assist to earn the WBS Penguins the 4-1 win over the Hartford Wolfpack at Mohegan Sun Arena Wednesday.

When asked about his injury, Puljujarvi said,
«I've played nine games now, so if I'm (not) healthy, I couldn't play. So (I feel) pretty healthy.»

The Former Edmonton Oiler prospect Took 6 Years to Get to Where He Wants To Be Now

Puljujarvi underwent double hip resurfacing surgery over the summer and is finally in a place where he feels like he can be productive. He was a 2016 4th-overall pick set to play with Connor McDavid on a young team, but that never worked out for him.

He tried to play in Finland for a season, but that didn't work. After 6 years within the Edmonton organization, he was finally traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, hoping a fresh start somewhere new would help. It could have been the need for the hip surgery that had him struggling.

So in December, the Penguins signed Puljujarvi to an NHL free agent tryout deal. The tryout deal was for 10 days, he can practice with the team, but not play. After this 10 days, if he wanted to stay, it would be at his own expense.

The 6-foot-4, 201-pound winger fought to stay with the club, and eventually was signed to a tryout deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. This allowed him to continue his rehab while practicing with a team.

The prospects are looking up for Puljujarvi, he hopes that he can produce at the level he was once thought he would be able to. In his first game with the WBS Pens, on his first shift, he scored a goal. Not a bad way to start fresh.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Secret Weapon Could Be A Hidden Top Five Pick

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