Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Jesse Puljujarvi and Buffalo Sabres superstar Jack Eichel will represent Finland and the United States respectively at the upcoming world hockey championship.
Selected fourth overall in last summer's draft, Puljujarvi struggled in his first NHL season, scoring just once with seven assists over 28 games. Puljujarvi last played with the Oilers on Jan. 5. However, the 18-year-old put up solid numbers in the AHL with the Bakersfield Condors, netting 12 goals and 16 helpers over 39 contests.
Eichel, 20, scored 24 goals and added 33 assists over 61 games in 2016-17, his second year in the NHL. The American missed significant time to start the season due to an ankle injury suffered in practice.
Eichel was in the news earlier Wednesday, when a report from WGR 550's Paul Hamilton revealed Eichel would not sign an extension in Buffalo this summer as long as Dan Bylsma is the head coach. His agents denied the report.
The world championship start May 5 from France.