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Chiarelli on Puljujärvi's progress

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers top prospect down in the minors is heating up. Jesse Puljujärvi has three goals in his last four games as he pads his totals to 11 points (5-6-11) in 15 American Hockey League games.

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli went down to California recently to catch up with the 18-year-old.

"I was down there a couple weeks ago and watched two games against Stockton," said Chiarelli. "He is getting a lot of touches and you could see his confidence is coming back. The defensive side of his game is getting better, and he's made a lot of progress down there and he's playing a lot of minutes."

Chiarelli's statement echoes that of Puljujarvi's recent AHL linemate Iiro Pakarinen, who yesterday spoke glowingly of the progress his fellow Finn has made this season.

As for when Oilers fans will be able to see Puljujarvi in Edmonton again, the answer will have to wait. But the signs of development are good.

"He's going to be in the conversation come the deadline," said Chiarelli. "He's a dangerous player down there. He was far and above the most dangerous player I saw in both the games down there."

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