Oilers' Puljujarvi to have season-ending hip surgery
Jesse Puljujarvi's season is over.
The Edmonton Oilers confirmed on Thursday that Puljujarvi will undergo season-ending hip surgery.
The 20-year-old is currently on injured reserve and hasn’t played since Feb. 15. The 2016 fourth-overall pick had previously been expected to be assigned to the AHL once healthy.
“This injury has been bothering Jesse for some time now and after careful consideration with Jesse, his agent and our medical staff, the best decision was to have the surgery and miss the remainder of the season," Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Keith Gretzky said in a release. "We expect Jesse to rehabilitate and train throughout the summer and be 100 percent ready to go for training camp in September.”
Puljujarvi has four goals and nine points in 45 games this season. The Finnish winger spent four games in the AHL earlier this season with the Bakersfield Condors, posting two goals and four points.
He had 12 goals and 20 points in 65 NHL games with the Oilers last season and one goal and five points in 10 games with the Condors.