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Puljujarvi to join Finland at U-18 Worlds

Right wing, ranked No. 3 among international skaters, will play against Canada on Tuesday @NHLdotcom

Forward Jesse Puljujarvi, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, will join Finland against Canada on Tuesday in preliminary round play of the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Puljujarvi, a right wing, was added to the roster Sunday but didn't play in a 4-1 victory against Denmark.

"It's a big thing for us," Finland captain Juuso Valimaki told the IIHF website. "He's a great, great player. He's a great team player too. So now we've got an even deeper lineup."

Puljujarvi led Finland to a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in January, scoring 17 points in seven games. He was named tournament MVP.

Puljujarvi, 17, became eligible when Karpat was eliminated by Tappara in the Liiga playoffs; he had 13 goals and 28 points in 50 games for Karpat. He had seven points in seven games to help his team to a silver medal at the 2015 World U-18 Championship. 

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