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

Published September 13, 2023 at 4:57 PM

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.

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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.


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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