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Even if he was demoted Jesse Puljujarvi in the minors Saturday, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, Peter Chiarelli refused to throw in the towel. Despite the onset of difficult season for the young Swede, the DG believes that it is only a question of trust.
Drafted in the fourth row of the last chance of the national league in 2016, the attacker is 20-year-old has not recorded a goal in 11 games this season, which has seen its use be limited to 12 minutes per game.
Chiarelli indicated that he had sent Puljujarvi with the Condors of Bakersfield, as Kailer Yamamoto, so that he can see more action.
“Basically, I would like that they more frequently involve the puck,” he said, according to the official site of the Oilers on Sunday.
When asked Puljujarvi specifically, Chiarelli argued that a stay in the american League will be beneficial to regain his confidence.
“He needs to regain his confidence. I think he had a good camp, and that it has not continued in the regular season. We could see signs of frustration in his game, but despite everything, he showed the maturity. It is necessary to build on it. It is easier to do in the minors where he will have more playing time and more margin of manoeuvre”.
Seeing the action with the Oilers since his first year in North America, Puljujarvi has scored 12 goals and amassed 20 points in 65 games last year. If the ceo remains confident, the reduced system could be a concern for some.
Chiarelli, however, argues that Puljujarvi could quickly be back in Edmonton.
“The door is not closed. They do a good job [in Bakersfield]. All the players are going well there. It is a good environment.”