One of the top-rated prospects entering the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is Finnish forward Jesse Puljujarvi.
Puljujarvi pulled a prank on a Finnish youth team recently, dressing up as an old man who can’t skate and going out into their scrimmage after being introduced as Viljio who “played ice hockey in his youth.”
After stumbling around for a while, the coach asks if he’d maybe like a different stick and then Puljujarvi turns his skills on and starts to school the kids, showcasing his incredible stick-handling skills.
It’s pretty fun, even if it looks a lot like the prank Peter Forsberg pulled on a beer league team in Sweden back in November.
Puljujarvi is ranked anywhere from third to fifth overall in most scouting rankings. The 17-year-old is having a great year playing in Finland’s top league with Kärpät, where’s he’s put up five goals and 12 points in 31 games in a mens’ league.
He’ll be suiting up in the 2016 World Junior Championship, which starts on December 26, playing for the host team, Finland.
Watch the prank in the video above.
Here are a couple of goals that the 17-year-old has scored this season playing in the Finnish Liiga.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.