May 10, 2020

ICYMI: Lias Andersson for Jesse Puljujarvi trade may be revisited at NHL Draft

Puljujarvi (CP)

From May 7th: As the NHL continues to discuss holding the NHL draft in late June before a conclusion to the season, there’s been talk about how to handle trades. Reports indicate that the league will allow the exchange of draft picks, prospects, including those in Europe. Recent speculation also has the Oilers looking to move disgruntled Finnish forward Jesse Puljujarvi at the draft and the Rangers will be looking to move Lias Andersson in the right deal as well.

Revisiting Andersson for Puljujarvi

I broke the rumor way back in early November that the Rangers and Oilers were talking a trade for Jesse Puljujarvi. Oilers GM Ken Holland also wanted a first round pick with Lias Andersson and that’s where the deal died.

The Edmonton Oilers selected the big right winger with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 draft. Loaded with talent up front, the 22 year old had trouble getting the ice time he needed to develop. Holland will look for trading partners at the draft with multiple first round picks and as we know the Rangers are one of those teams. The Rangers and Puljujarvi have mutual interest in each other too. Elliotte Friedman reported that he wanted to play in New York back in December.

Andersson and Puljujarvi (Getty Images / FTHN Edit)

Oilers Like What they Saw In Lias in Sweden

Lias Andersson hurt his value when he bolted the Rangers AHL affiliate earlier this season. However, sources told me Edmonton really liked what they saw from the Rangers former first round pick, 7th overall with HV71 in the SHL. This is sparking talk that at some point both the Rangers and Oilers will revisit this trade.

Could the Rangers trade the Oilers Lias Andersson and their second 1st round pick (23rd overall) for Jesse Puljujarvi and another mid level prospect? Or will NJ swoop in and give up one of their 3 first round picks (6, 10, and 17) for the big scoring winger? We could find out soon if the NHL does go forward with a June draft.

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