Jesse Puljujarvi didn’t disappoint in his first game in an Edmonton Oilers uniform.
The big Finnish winger, selected fourth overall in the 2016 draft, had two goals and an assist as the Oilers dumped the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Friday night at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton.
“We played good, but we can be better,” says Puljujarvi, who scored on a one-timer in the first period and then on a sharp shot right under the crossbar in the third. “Fast and up,” he says, describing his second goal.
“I thought it was a nice goal. Pretty good individual effort,” says head coach Gerry Fleming. “There were a couple of opportunities where he dropped his shoulder and protected the puck and drove it to the net. He just has to build upon that and continue to do it.”
Markus Niemelainen opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the first period. Tyler Benik iced the win with an empty-netter in the third.
Goalie Nick Ellis was strong between the pipes, racking up 29 saves. “I felt pretty good,” Elllis says. “It was my first game back since the end of March, so I’m not quite in game shape yet. I just made the simple saves and competed.”
The Oilers are back it Saturday night at 8:30pm against the Calgary Flames. The game can be heard on 630 CHED. (jrw)