By: Josh Wegman – TheScore.com
Edmonton Oilers restricted free-agent forward Jesse Puljujarvi has signed a one-year deal with Karpat in the top Finnish league, the team announced Tuesday.
The contract is for the entire season, but it includes an opt-out clause that allows Puljujarvi to return to the NHL anytime before Dec. 1 – the latest date the CBA allows a player to join a roster without clearing waivers.
The Oilers made Puljujarvi the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Puljujarvi was born in Sweden to Finnish parents and moved to Finland when he was 4 years old. Karpat is the team closest to his hometown, and he grew up playing in its organization for years before heading to North America to join the Oilers.