Ramblings: Pool Party time; DeMelo and Domi sign; Draft thoughts; free agency looms – October 8

Michael Clifford


The Oilers signed forward Jesse Puljujarvi to a two-year deal worth $1.175M per season. The 22-year old forward played in Europe last year after playing parts of three seasons with Edmonton. It seemed the bridge was burned but with a new regime in charge, Pulju returns.

I have illustrated it before, but now that he's signed, it's worth doing it again. Here are Connor McDavid's numbers from 2016 through 2019 at 5-on-5 with Pulju on the wing, and then Leon Draisaitl on the wing (from Natural Stat Trick):


97 w/ Pulju (407 mins) 97 w/ Drai (1981 mins)
CF/60 70.48 62.45
CA/60 57.54 55.94
xGF/60 3.51 2.98
xGA/60 2.59 2.43
xGF% 57.53% 55.03%
GF/60 3.53 3.91
GA/60 2.21 2.88
GF% 61.54% 57.59%


This is just so everyone can see – sample size issues aside – that the on-ice processes and results for McDavid playing with Pulju were similar or better to those with Draisaitl. He also