Oilers forward Puljujarvi to undergo hip surgery and miss rest of season

Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi will undergo surgery on his hip that will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi will undergo surgery on his hip that will rule him out for the rest of the season.

The Oilers updated Puljujarvi's status in a release on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Finn has been on injured reserve since Feb. 18 and hasn't played since Edmonton lost 3-1 at Carolina on Feb. 15.

"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," Oilers assistant general manager Keith Gretzky said in a statement. "We expect Jesse to rehabilitate and train throughout the summer and be 100 per cent ready to go for training camp in September."

Puljujarvi had four goals and five assists in 46 games with the Oilers this season. He added four points (two goals, two assists) in four games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

The fourth pick in the 2016 draft, Puljujarvi has failed to live up to expectations early in his NHL career. He's played 139 games over three seasons with Edmonton, scoring 17 goals and adding 20 assists.

 

 

The Canadian Press