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Puljujarvi to miss development camps: report

Projected top-three pick at Draft had knee surgery in May, expected to be ready for NHL training camp @NHLdotcom

Jesse Puljujarvi, a projected top-three pick in the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft, won't skate in development camps this summer because of May knee surgery, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The Finnish right wing, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the draft, is expected to be ready for NHL training camp.

The 2016 draft is at First Niagara Center in Buffalo from June 24-25. The Columbus Blue Jackets have the No. 3 pick.

Puljujarvi (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) didn't participate in any of the fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo earlier this month because of the surgery.

"I don't like [that I can't participate]," he said on June 2. "But it's good; it's good. It's feeling better and better."

Puljujarvi had five goals and two assists in four games to help Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Grand Forks, N.D., in April.

The Sweden-born Puljujarvi had 13 goals, 28 points, a plus-5 rating and 175 shots on goal in 50 games for Karpat in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. He had a tournament-best 17 points in seven games to help Finland win gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. He was named the tournament's best forward and MVP.

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