Digging into Edmonton Oilers’ new forward “line” — a thought experiment

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) scores a second period goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) at Rogers Place on Jan 30, 2021. Photo by Perry Nelson /USA TODAY Sports Article content

For the second off-season in a row, Edmonton Oilers General Manager Ken Holland has done the majority of his off-season shopping in the opening hours of free agency. Indeed, he picked up the pace in 2021 after needing a couple of days to land his primary signings — forwards Tyler Ennis and Kyle Turris, defenceman Tyson Barrie and goalie Mike Smith — last October. All this a couple days after making an important internal signing in RW Jesse Puljujarvi.

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At the time we noted that the trio of Ennis, Turris and Puljujarvi looked like the foundation of a new third line for the Oilers and wrote this post on the subject. That forecast actually had legs, at least briefly. That trio did indeed start the season as the new third line and stayed together for a handful of games before Puljujarvi worked his way into the top six while the two veterans largely fell out of favour as the season progressed.

By campaign’s end Puljuajarvi produced 15 goals in 55 games…

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