BREAKING: Former Top Draft Pick Screws Up His Last Opportunity To Play in The NHL

Published September 26, 2023 at 9:44 PM

A Former 5th Overall Pick's NHL Journey Seemingly Comes to an End


Olli Juolevi, who was selected as the 5th overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2016 NHL draft, has faced a tumultuous journey during his NHL career. Despite his early promise, he managed to appear in only 41 games and contribute just three points in the league.

During the recent offseason, the Arizona Coyotes extended a lifeline to Juolevi by offering him a PTO contract. However, it appears that Juolevi's last opportunity to make a mark in the NHL has slipped through his fingers, as the Coyotes announced his release earlier today.

"The Coyotes announced today that the following players have been released from their PTO agreements:
• Olli Juolevi (PTO)
• Austin Strand (PTO)
• Ryan Dzingel (PTO)
• Patrick Harper (PTO)"

Juolevi's selection as the 5th overall pick in 2016 had placed him ahead of several notable players, including Matthew Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, and Mikhail Sergachev. In hindsight, the Canucks may regret that decision, as having any of those three players instead of Juolevi could have potentially altered the trajectory of their playoff aspirations but these things are unpredictable.

Maybe there's a chance he can make it back into the league somehow but it's looking to be unlikely

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September 26   |   25 answers
BREAKING: Former Top Draft Pick Screws Up His Last Opportunity To Play in The NHL

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