Why did the Blue Jackets pass on Jesse Puljujarvi?


Forwards Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine dominated during Finland's run to a 2016 World Junior Championship win. (Heikki Saukkomaa /Lehtikuva via AP)

The first pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft was a lock. The third seemed so, too. Whichever Finn the Winnipeg Jets took at No. 2 — either Patrik Laine of Jesse Puljujarvi — would leave the other to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

But Finnish GM and former scout Jarmo Kekalainen surprised the draft floor Friday night when his club took Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Rory Boylen and Gary Joyce joined Ben Ennis Saturday on Sportsnet Magazine Live to examine the decision that left Puljujarvi to be taken instead by the Edmonton Oilers.


Listen to the full segment here

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