Oilers Waiting To Start Extension Talks With 2 RFAs

According to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic, the Edmonton Oilers are likely going to wait until after the regular season to begin extension talks with Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto. 

Due to the fact that each of these wingers will be restricted free agents, it makes sense for the Oilers to remain patient when it comes to their next contracts. There is no harm in waiting to see how each of them perform as the season progresses.

Puljujarvi has had a marvelous season thus far. In 28 games, he has scored 10 goals and recorded 23 points. With this pace of production, he's well on his way to have a career season. Keep in mind, he set a career high in points last season with 25 in 55 games. It appears that the 2016 fourth overall pick is inching closer to the potential that scouts stated he had back as a prospect.

While Puljujarvi has been excellent, Yamamoto has taken a noticeable step back this season. In 29 games, he has five goals, two assists and a minus-4 rating. Yet, all hope isn't lost, as the 23-year-old recorded 26 points in 27 games only two years ago. One has to wonder if he can regroup as the season continues. If he does, it will definitely help his chances of sticking around in Edmonton. 

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