Jesse Puljujarvi is staying in Finland for at least another season.
The 22-year-old forward inked a one-year contract extension with Oulun Karpat of the Finnish Elite League, the team announced Wednesday.
The deal comes with an NHL out clause that would allow the winger to return to North America for the 2020-21 season, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The Oilers still hold his NHL rights, Johnston added.
After requesting a trade from the Edmonton Oilers in 2019, Puljujarvi said last week that he would be open to rejoining the team now that it has a new coach and new general manager.
Puljujarvi was selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, but he failed to excel at the NHL level after cracking the lineup at 18 years old. After three seasons with the Oilers, in which he managed 37 points in 139 games, he went overseas to play in his home country.
During the 2019-20 season with Karpat, Puljujarvi was one of the league's top performers. He recorded 24 goals and added 29 assists in 56 games.