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Former Top Five Pick Given One Final Chance To Save His NHL Career

Published September 13, 2023 at 4:57 PM
BY DAWSON MCKENZIE

A PTO is normally reserved for those players looking to salvage their time in the NHL and as a last-ditch effort to secure a contract. For this top-5 draft pick, it could be his last chance at playing in the NHL.

Olli Juolevi's Chance



It was announced today that Olli Juolevi signed a PTO with the Arizona Coyotes, in an effort to crack their lineup and remain in the NHL.

Some of these were already announced but, #Yotes notably invite Olli Juolevi to training camp




Juolevi will join two other defensemen Peter DiLiberatore and Austin Strand in signing a PTO to compete for a defensive roster spot, and 9 other players on PTOs for camp.

Juolevi's Career



Juolevi was picked 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks back in 2016. He played just 23 games with Vancouver, scoring only 1 goal and 2 assists, before spending time with the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, and Detroit Red Wings.

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In drafting Juolevi, the Canucks chose him over franchise players like Matthew Tkachuk and Clayton Keller, who went immediately after him in the 2016 draft. If Juolevi isn't able to secure a spot with the Coyotes this season, it is likely he will turn to Europe to continue his hockey career.

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Former Top Five Pick Given One Final Chance To Save His NHL Career

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