Player Discussion Jesse Puljujarvi Part 10: Connor's RW

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  1. McYams17 Registered User

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    Umm why? We're 8-2 in our last 10
     
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    Imagine if he named it Domino. :]~
     
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    Better than McDavid at handling dogs. Generational dog handling skills really.

    Here is McDavid by comparison:

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    To be fair to McDavid... Leonard the dog is almost as big as a bear
     
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    There was a video out there where one of the WAGS or sisters says he’s holding him better now and not choking him anymore when he holds him. :laugh:
     
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    I bashed him and i was wrong. Fully admitted
     
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    It's very obvious he has taken the last few years off. Now he tries to make plays and the motor function is not there.
     
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    I wouldn't quite say 3rd wheel, but it's becoming clear that Jesse is the heat seeking missile on the line, and due to that he and McDavid are the more likely give-and-go guys in transition.

    McDavid's 500's point highlights that. It's Nuge who gets the puck and starts the breakout to Pulju, who drives the middle. A quick give and go with McDavid, and the pucks in the back of the net.

    In the O-zone on the cycle I still think McDavid and Nuge like to play catch more, but Jesse's gotten more and more comfortable in that role too as the season has gone on. The one problem all season is that the McNuge combo isn't that effective cycling in the O-zone (compared to their talents) and are normally more dangerous in transition.

    I will agree this trio is a waste of RNH, and I don't see why any of Ennis, Neal, Kahun or even Turris couldn't play the same role.

    At the moment I think Ennis would be the best fit there, but I'm still going to keep calling for Turris to get a shot. Mainly because I think Ennis is more valuable in the bottom 6 as an offensive spark, and "high offensive IQ player who does the little things right but doesn't touch the puck much" sounds like a fit for Turris.

    RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
    Turris-McDavid-Puljujarvi
    Ennis-Haas-Archibald
    Neal-Khaira-Chiasson

    Or...

    Ennis-Khaira-Archibald
    Kahun-Haas-Neal

    I'd have time for both bottom 6s.
     
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    You touched my soft spot with the DRY line suggestion, which so many have been harping on for so long. Might turn some of those 2-1 nail-biters into some 4 -1 more comfy wins.
    Yes, now that McDavid and Puljo seem to have some symmetry and chemistry, the 3rd portion of some sort should be tried. I don't mind Ennis, but the fact he has doing so good on the Khaira line seems to have reduced it a little bit.
     
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    Lol was just thinking about how bad a bunch of posters treated him because he went back to Europe I wonder where they are right now.
     
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    A few of them make an appearance after every game where Jesse doesn’t score to say things like his +/- sucks and he still has no hockey IQ. Then they go back under the bridge where they came from.

    My favorite one from this year is still the poster that thought he should never play another game for the Oilers during the first period of a game, then later in the same game Jesse earned a promotion to the top line and hasn’t slowed down since.
     
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    Why flip Yama with Pulju?
    Its not that drastic a move and improves both lines.
    Drai gets some help and can get Pulju the puck in stride.
    Yama-Nuge duo with McD could be just as good as DRY
     
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  14. stratedge My relationship with the Oilers is abusive.

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    The Pulju / McD / RNH line is a puzzle to me. They seem less than the sum of their parts. I watch them play, and individually they're all doing good things... but they don't dominate on shifts like I think on paper they could. I don't know exactly what it is.
     
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    I don't think he took "the last few years off" so much as he's had back problems, his dad died, and he struggled to get his game back after it dipped without the support from his dad.
     
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    He definitely is playing with an air of confidence and look's like he is having fun just playing the game, you see it on his face. I'm just weary about how Tippet seems to be jerking him around, absolutely no need for that, especially at this point in time.
     
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    Exactly my concern TIPPET! No PP time last game, playing Neal and Chiasson over him?
     
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    I feel like Pulju has chemistry with McDavid and also, Leon plays a different style than McDavid so it may not suit Pulju
     
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    Nuge!
     
  20. stratedge My relationship with the Oilers is abusive.

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    Nuge is playing alright, he's the defensive conscience for McDavid, and Nuge obviously has that offensive IQ. I think they need to be better a puck recovery in the o-zone though, and all 3 are pretty quick to opt to start covering passes rather than pressure the puck.

    I think I support the swap Yamo/PJ idea. Just because both lines are doing okay, doesn't mean they can't do better. Yamo's puck hounding would lead to a lot of turnovers that RNH + McDavid could cash on quickly. Drai would probably hate to lose Yamo though, he depends quite heavily on him.
     
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    2nd line is even worse. Individually they are all better than what they accomplish as a line.
    Top line occasionally gets some good McD to Pulju passes. 2nd line is a whole lot of nothing aside from individual efforts.

    Flipping Yama with Pulju would improve the balance for sure. Moving Nuge to Drai line would improve both as well.
    Even flipping Nuge with Drai may improve both lines.

    Kahun-Drai-McD
    Pulju-Nuge-Yama
     
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    I have all kinds of crow to eat on this player, regularly acknowledge it, but since TC THIS Pulju is a player I have supported and have said so consistently. The player changed my view with his play. Again I'll say it, he's been like a gift, and one that I'm perhaps also more appreciative in the pandemic year that we have had. He brings the joy, seems like my frequency is more tuned to that now.
     
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  23. snipes How cold? I’m ice cold.

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    I love that our big giant goofy puppy of a Forrest Finn got a big giant goofy puppy.

    He’s such a likeable person in his own way. Pulju will be an Oiler for a long time, he’s such a good fit with McDavid.

    Cant wait until we have a line of Holloway-McDavid-Pulju wrecking havoc on the forecheck and scoring big goals together.
     
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    Way to admit you were wrong on him, respect to have the self awareness and insight when we’re wrong.

    He plays such an honest game too, hard on pucks. Good on the forecheck, back checks hard and is getting a lot of confidence lately.

    He plays the exact type of game that wingers who flourish with McDavid play.
     
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    That would be interesting actually. Would this configuration require the best play of all players involved and obtain it? Tend to think so. At least sometimes it should land here. This allows us the best cheatcode pairing in hockey, and even a Kahun should be able to be adequate third there, sub in Kassian when he's not. The 2nd line is intriguing and forces the best effort out of RNH and gets the best out of Yama as well. Pulju with this intent will do well anywhere in topsix. With the D transition this year its really helping to feed him and he is getting some decent D passes. Nuge is a solid transition player so works well with yama and Pulju speed on the rush. Plus Nuge is a solid trailer player.
     

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