Top prospects for Edmonton Oilers – NHL.com

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Edmonton Oilers.

The Edmonton Oilers failed to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, a drought directly tied to their draft and development weaknesses.

But after the Oilers clinched a berth last season, they are hoping an overhauled scouting and development system under general manager Peter Chiarelli will make them regular postseason participants.

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Here are the Oilers’ top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

1. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW

How acquired: Selected with No. 4 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

Last season: Edmonton: 28 GP, 1-7-8; Bakersfield (AHL): 39 GP, 12-16-28

Puljujarvi stayed with the Oilers out of training camp, but as the pace of games increased, he struggled with effectiveness at both ends, hardly surprising for an 18-year-old. Puljujarvi was scratched 10 times in 18 games from Dec. 1 until he was assigned to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Jan. 9.

Speed is no trouble for Puljujarvi (6-foot-4, 203 pounds), but in the jump to the NHL there was so much that was new or foreign, including language, that it eventually caught up to him.

Once Puljujarvi, now 19, settled with Bakersfield, his offensive gifts and playmaking began to show, a sign the Oilers hope bodes well for training camp.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

Video: CGY@EDM: Puljujarvi scores first career goal

2. Kailer Yamamoto, RW

How acquired: Selected with No. 22 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Last season: Spokane (WHL): 65 GP, 42-57-99

Yamamoto’s high hockey IQ and compete level convinced the Oilers he was worth a first-round selection.

The 18-year-old from Spokane, Washington was the smallest player (5-8, 153) chosen in

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