Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jesse Puljujarvi (RW)
Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 203 pounds Shoots: Right
Team: Karpat (Finland)
NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 3 European skater
“At the start of the year, Puljujarvi looked like a pretty good No. 2 behind Matthews, but he was somewhat eclipsed by countryman Patrik Laine along the way. It’s a shame, because Puljujarvi is really good.
“He’s a better two-way player than Laine and has just as much competitive fire. He also has size and can also score with abandon, as his MVP performance at the world juniors proved beyond doubt.
“Hampered by a lower-body injury near the end of the season, Puljujarvi gutted it out through the Finnish playoffs and went to the world under-18s, where he helped Finland win another gold medal. He’s ready for the NHL.”
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