Jesse Puljujärvi returned to Kärppi in Oulu a year ago, when the Finn crossed his skis with Edmonton. Now the disagreements have been settled, and Lake Puljujärvi will return to the NHL as soon as the season in North America begins.

Canadian media giant TSN inquired about the Finnish affiliation after a new, two-year NHL deal was turned.

– I’ve got more self-confidence in this last year and a half. I feel that I have grown as a person and a player a lot, Puljujärvi says in English.

You can watch the interview here.

The 22-year-old’s language skills have also clearly gone beyond what it was in the fall of 2016 when he first left for Edmonton.

– I feel that I am ready to take a new step to the NHL, Puljujärvi says.

According to Pistelingo, he is now clearly stronger and faster than a couple of years ago. According to Puljujärvi, defensive play has also progressed.

According to NHL journalists, a Finn has basically been given a place on the triple chain. Puljujärvi assures that he is also ready for that role, even though Kärpi has been a solver in the top chains.

– If I play in a triple chain, I’ll do what I can. I work hard, Puljujärvi promises.