The Jesse Puljujarvi situation went from bad to worst possible scenario Thursday when the Oilers announced that the 20-year-old forward requires hip surgery and will miss the rest of the season.Edmonton Oilers Assistant GM Keith Gretzky said the injury has been bothering Puljujarvi for some time now and, “after careful consideration with Jesse, his agent and our medical staff, the best decision was to have the surgery and miss the remainder of the season.”This is another blow in what has already been a difficult development process as well as a tense and controversial relationship between the former fourth overall draft pick and the organization that drafted him. The Oilers, while very public in their support and patience, are quietly wondering why it is taking him so long to become a player when fellow 2016 draft picks like Matthew Tkachuk are already making major impacts on good teams.Puljujarvi and his camp lay some of the blame for that at the feet of the last two general managers and last two coaches. They wonder how he was expected to do much of anything when he was limited to fourth line minutes, except when the game was close, when he usually played less than that.He did get his chances this year, playing 18 games on the second line with either Nugent-Hopkins or Leon Draisaitl (putting up three points) and three games on the first line with Connor McDavid (putting up none).Last season Puljujarvi played 19 games on a line with McDavid, including 17 in a row. He also played 15 games on the second line with Nugent-Hopkins. He finished with 20 points in 65 games.The production just hasn’t been there, so the chicken and egg debate raged on, picking up where it left off after Nail Yakupov busted three years ago.Puljujarvi last saw action Feb. 16 in Carolina, capping a very disappointing run that saw him reach the scoresheet just once in his last 14 games.But now we find out that some of that was due to a mobility issue that appears to be rather serious.This isn’t good.Puljujarvi bristled at being sent to the minors recently and his agent suggested a change of scenery and a fresh start might be the best option. The Oilers were willing to oblige, but there were no takers at the trade deadline, when teams want players who can help them now.A Puljujarvi trade was more likely in the summer, but a stock that was already very low has plummeted to virtually worthless now that he is undergoing major surgery. And a team that desperately needed this asset to reach its potential must now face the very real possibility that it won’t.He will finish this season with nine points in 46 games and a minus-14 rating. He has 37 points in 137 career NHL games.It’s a virtual certainty now that he will return to Edmonton next season, hopefully, with a much better hip, and he and the Oilers will have no choice but to work together in an attempt to finally get this right.“We expect Jesse to rehabilitate and train throughout the summer and be 100 percent ready to go for training camp in September,” said Gretzky.Follow me on email@example.comOil Spills podcast: The Edmonton Oilers did not make a deal on trade deadline, deciding to keep the roster intact as they desperately try to get back in the playoff race. Hockey reporters Derek Van Diest and Jim Matheson discuss whether that was the best course of action for the Oilers and whether making a trade before the deadline is really worth it. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.