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Report: NY Rangers still interested in Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujarvi

Rangers showed interest in Oilers' winger over the summer

Note: No recap from yesterday’s win. Sorry.

Per Chris Johnston on Sportsnet, the Rangers are a team that continue to show interest in Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujarvi.

The Blueshirts had interest in the summer as well, but nothing ever materialized. Puljujarvi has requested a trade from Edmonton, and is currently playing in Finland, putting up 11-9-20 in 18 games so far with Karpat.

The former first round pick (4th overall) in 2016 has been consistently misused in Edmonton, playing fourth line minutes and never really getting a chance to show why he was a 4th overall pick (sound familiar?). The 21 year old is without an NHL contract right now, and will need to sign by December 1 in order to be eligible to play in the NHL this year.

If the Rangers land Puljujarvi, he would like supplant Brendan Smith on the forward depth chart and help round out that position that is organizationally weak both on the NHL roster and in the system. Currently Smith is #4 on the depth chart at RW, with Vitali Kravtsov the major RW prospect currently in the KHL.

Edmonton’s NHL roster is currently in ned of basically everything, but they are in a precarious cap situation right now. Makes you wonder if the Rangers can land Puljujarvi and a dead weight contract for something like a draft pick.