This in from the Oilers: “The Oilers have recalled forward Jesse Puljujärvi from theA HL’s Bakersfield Condors & placed forward Anton Slepyshev on Injured Reserve.”

My take

I’ve seen Puljujarvi play a few games in the Bake this year, and while he has just 1 goal and five points in 10 games, he excelled in one recent game I viewed. JP chipped in on about 10 excellent scoring chances with strong skating and shooting. Here’s the full report.

Puljujarvi is getting this chance partly out of need, as Slepyshev is out, Drake Cagguila hurt and Kailer Yamamoto in the minors, but also out of respect for his play and potential. The Oil could easily have called up Ty Rattie, 24, who has six goals in 10 games. That would have been the safe pick. Instead they picked the 19-year-old. Interesting choice, but it only works out if a) Puljujarvi gets a real shot with the Oilers and b) he’s ready for it.