Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers select Tyler Benson No. 32 overall in 2016 Draft

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-25

It wasn’t exactly a surprising pick. There was plenty of chatter pre-draft – including from the Journal‘s Jim Matheson – that the Edmonton Oilers were going to have interest in Tyler Benson early in the second round. That’s exactly what ended up happening. Benson was one of the most-touted players for the draft entering this season. The 6’, 200-pound left-shooting left wing posted 45 points in 62 games for the Vancouver Giants in his Draft-1 year and was generally regarded as a potential top-10 selection. In its 2015 Draft Guide, International Scouting Services had him ranked 10th overall, two spots ahead of Patrik Laine.  More to come. 

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OILERS AT NO. 32: TYLER BENSON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-25

The Oilers continued to load up on forwards at the 2016 draft, using their second-round selection on injury-plagued winger Tyler Benson. No player in this year’s draft fell farther than Benson, who was a projected top 10 pick back in the summer of 2016. Bob McKenzie: No. 39 Craig Button: No. 44 Corey Pronman: No. 18 Black Book: No. 34 McKeens: No. 43 ISS: No. 55 SCOUTING REPORTS Corey Pronman: Benson has great instincts, constantly finding seams to get the puck to his teammates or on net. “He never wows you,” said one scout, “but he’s always around the puck, making a good play.” Benson is a quality defensive forward with great work ethic in battles and

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Oilers select Puljujarvi 4th overall

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-06-25

The Edmonton Oilers, with their first round selection, fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, have selected winger Jesse Puljujarvi from Oulu Karpat of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga). Puljujarvi, 18, spent last season with the Finish Elite League’s Oulu Karpat, recording 28 points (13G, 15A), 22 penalty minutes and a plus five plus/minus rating in 50 games. He also posted nine points (4G, 5A) in 10 playoff games. Puljujarvi ranked sixth on Karpat in points (28) and goals (13) and eighth in assists (15). The 6’4”, 203-pound winger has spent the past two seasons with Karpat, accumulating 39 points (17G, 22A) and 32 penalty minutes in 71 career games. Puljujarvi has repre

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Oilers Get Their Man in Jesse Puljujarvi

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-06-25

There is no question that the Edmonton Oilers were the big losers at this year’s NHL Draft Lottery. The hope going in was to either win the lottery outright or hold onto their No. 2 position —  to be perfectly honest, sliding down a slot would have even been an acceptable outcome for Peter Chiarelli. After all, this year’s NHL Entry Draft was always supposed to be about three players; Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine, and Jesse Puljujarvi. As long as one of them found their way to Edmonton, there would be no problems. #Oilers' Jesse Puljujärvi led Finland to 2016 World Junior gold with 17 points, named tournament MVP. #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/HKe30YA2l7 — Edmonton Oile

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Setting Up Day Two of the Draft

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-06-25

Day one of the 2016 NHL Draft was a good day. Jesse Puljujarvi fell to the Oilers and Peter Chiarelli sprinted to the podium and selected the Finnish winger. Here are the Oilers’ remaining picks: Second round, #32 Third round, #63 Third round, #84 (from Florida) Third round, #91 (from Pittsburgh) Fifth round, #123 Fifth round, #149 (from St. Louis) Sixth round, #153 Seventh round, #183 It looks like the Oilers have one player in mind for the #32 pick: "There was one scenario where I wanted to jump from the second round to the first, but the player wasnt picked" -Peter Chiarelli — Ben from Edmonton (@benoliver_1) June 25, 2016 Here are Lowetide’s top remaining pro

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2016 NHL Draft: Day 2 discussion thread, start time, how to watch, and live pick-by-pick results

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-06-25

30 picks down, 181 to go. Day one of the 2016 NHL Draft had to be a shocker for Oilers fans. In the days leading up to the draft there had been endless rumours about what the Oilers might do with their pick, and in the end they did what I think most expected them to do with it, they used it. Who they used it on was very unexpected. Jesse Puljujarvi, what the hell was he still doing on the board at fourth overall? Who cares, he's a member of the Oilers know. The Oilers enter day two of the draft with seven picks, four of which come in the next 61 selections. Ideally Peter Chiarelli can turn a package involving those picks into a living, breathing, NHL player and not just four

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What Does It All Mean For Eberle and Yakupov?

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-06-25

Yesterday the hockey gods pulled one out of their back pocket for the Edmonton Oilers and somehow tricked the Columbus Blue Jackets into taking Pierre Luc Dubois over Jesse Puljujarvi. The Oilers were so taken aback that they didn’t even prepare a nameplate for the grinning Finn. Immediately Oilers fans started sending their goodbyes to Jordan Eberle and to a lesser extent, Nail Yakupov. But I think we need to step back and take a look at this roster before we punt those two out of town. AN AMAZING TOP NINE Grab a 16-bit Pulju by clicking on the pic!! Pouliot – McDavid – Eberle Hall – Draisaitl – Yakupov Maroon – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi WHAT?!

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DRAFT POST NO. 19: DAY TWO 2016

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-25

The Edmonton Oilers received another brilliant stroke of luck at the draft table yesterday, as the Columbus Blue Jackets selected out of order—leaving a rambunctious Finn available at No. 4 overall. Welcome Jesse Puljujarvi. Music! Red Line Report: Big horse looks and plays like a Mats Sundin clone. Has the four S’s: size, skills, skating, shot. Has all the tools to be a dominant power forward who combines top-notch skills with brute force. Terrific size/strength and is impossible to move off the puck — uses wide stance and is hard on his stick. Comes alive whenever the puck is nearby. Wants to make plays. Dynamic skater accelerates in a few strides and has excellent speed. Uses long

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Cult of Hockey: Bitter talk in Columbus after Blue Jackets fail to draft Jesse Puljujarvi

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-25

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen certainly sounded sure of his team’s selection after drafting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the 2016 draft, even as the consensus third pick Jesse Puljujarvi was still available. Kekalainen asserted that Dubois was the third player on CBJ’s list and the young centre ticked off all the right boxes for the Columbus team. But not everyone is Columbus is so keen about the pick. Indeed, Columbus Dispatch columnist Michael Arace is evidently not at all pleased Kekalainen. Writes Arace: “The Blue Jackets did not shake up the NHL draft. No, they gave it a weird tweak, like when your little brother wets h

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Cult of Hockey: Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli weighs in on Puljujarvi selection, trading for a defenceman

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-25

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had a short media availability upon the conclusion of the 2016 NHL Draft’s first round Friday evening. He discussed both the surprise selection of Jesse Puljujarvi with the No. 4 pick and his team’s ongoing quest for a right-shot defenceman. Related: Jesse Puljujarvi falls to the Oilers at fourth overall Chiarelli was asked several question about acquiring Puljujarvi. He noted that the Oilers had considered moving down, but “backed off” in those discussions once it became apparent that Puljujarvi might be available at fourth overall. He was asked multiple times about the player, but his most telling answer came when he was asked to desc

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