What will Jesse Puljujarvi’s possible return to the Edmonton Oilers line-up in September mean to the team?I’m digging into this today because it’s starting to feel like him returning to the team is a real possibility. That seems to be the distant drum beat growing ever louder, does it not?The last thing we have heard from Oilers GM Ken Holland is that no trade is imminent with Jesse Puljujarvi.As for Puljujarvi and his agent Markus Lehto, let’s review what Lehto has said to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, a solid reporter, about Puljujarvi’s intentions.In mid-February, after Puljujarvi got little time in a game, Spector interivewed Lehto, who said of Puljujarvi’s inconsistent handling by the Oilers: “I think it’s hard to reset. It’s like, when the player isn’t trusting anymore… ‘Do these guys really want me here? Do they really trust me to become a top-six guy? A top-nine guy? An offensive player?’ The player is uncertain… Are we reaching the point that for the team and for the player, it might be actually beneficial for going different paths, different routes?”On June 5, Spector tweeted that he had spoken with Lehto, who said his client wa planning on playing in the NHL next season, not Jokerit and not in the KHL, even though Euro teams have been calling. But Spector also said the Puljujarvi camp would welcome a trade from EDM however, and he quoted Lehto: “Maybe it is best for team too.”Then on June 19, Lehto threw down the gauntlet in another interview with Spector: “If he doesn’t get traded, he will play in Europe next year. He will not play in Edmonton.”Since that time, however, there’s been an evident softening of the position from Puljujarvi’s camp, with Lehto backing away from the threat of moving: “First off, I’m not sure that Jesse is going to go back to Europe,” he told a Vancouver radio station on July 10. “I don’t think Jesse himself ever, or I don’t think I did, ever told anyone that unless he’s traded he’s for sure going to be back in Europe.”What to make of all this?Puljujarvi’s camp threatened to leave, but that gambit failed to get the desired result: a quick trade of Puljujarvi at the NHL entry draft. Lehto walked back that threat in the Vancouver interview.Then last week on July 24th, we had Bob Stauffer of the Oilers tweeting: Jesse Puljujarvi’s situation remains fluid. Ken Holland experienced GM. Markus Lehto experienced Agent. Oilers can’t make trade for the sake of making a trade. Not out of the realm of possibilities that Puljujarvi is at Oilers Training Camp this fall.”Stauffer is the most connected and hard-working of Oilers insiders, and one who actually is employed by the team. A lot of Oilers fans have been calling for Lehto’s head — blaming the agent and not 21-year-old Puljujarvi for the trade — but I note Stauffer’s use of the word “experienced” here, a respectful observation.Finally we have the Cult’s own insider Kurt Leavins, who has been first on a number of scoops this spring and summer, speculating on Puljujarvi in his latest post, saying he believes that “the player and his agent have come to the realization that backing Holland into a corner on draft day was a particularly bad strategy. It fell hard and flat on its face. The Oilers have been unimpressed with any offers for the kid. You’ll read about lots of them but I believe most of it is closer to blue-sky than it is reality. And so yes…the possibility of Puljujarvi being at camp this Fall has indeed improved.”All this combined is enough for me to start including Puljujarvi on Edmonton’s roster for 2018-19.What does it mean if Puljujarvi is back on the roster?I see a few main considerationsPuljujarvi is a right shot right winger and so are Alex Chiasson, Zack Kassian, Josh Archibald and Sam Gagner. James Neal, a left shot, has also made it known in the past he prefers to play on his off wing, the right wing, with a left shot centre. But Neal also says he’s OK with going left wing or right wing, wherever he’s needed most. Puljujarvi’s return will give the Oilers five right shot right wingers on NHL contracts, so the most obvious result of his return to the team will be Neal playing on the left wing. If Neal were on the right wing, he might well slot in with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the top line. As a left wing, he’d be behind Draisaitl and more likely to play on a second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. RNH is a fast skater but he plays best when he’s teamed up with a driver like Taylor Hall or Connor McDavid. Could RNH drive a second line, with Neal and maybe Alex Chiasson on his wings? That would mean speedy RNH having to do a lot with two slower wingers. Is RNH up to that challenge? Hmm. Puljujarvi’s return would make things interesting on the third and fourth lines, with new coach Dave Tippett possibly going with a fast all Euro line of Joakim Nygaard, Gaetan Haas and Puljujarvi as the third line, and more of a grinding line of Markus Granlund, Jujhar Khaira and Josh Archibald as the fourth line. These bottom two lines would have far more speed than we saw on the Oil’s third and fourth lines last year. As for Puljujarvi, he’d play with two speedy attackers, not a slower player like his most common linemate of the last two seasons, Milan Lucic. This might help get Puljujarvi playing at a pace where he could finally start to put up points consistently. If Puljujarvi does get going, there’s all kinds of opportunity for him on this team. It lacks one surefire top attacking winger. If he’s got it in him to be that player, no one else is blocking his way in Edmonton. In many ways, it’s the perfect situation for a young attacking winger, though Puljujarvi will have some fence-mending to do with his old team if he does return. But a new GM and new coach offer hope and a clean slate. As recently as late last week I’d been expecting Puljujarvi to be traded, most likely to a capped out team for a player with a contract in the $1.5 million to $2.5 million range, maybe a third line centre. This could still happen. Third-line centre is certainly still a team need. As Stauffer just tweeted out on Sunday: “Not saying before October…if at all…but IMO…the #1 need to be addressed for the Oilers moving forward for the 2019-20 season is finding a way to get a 3rd line Centre – preferably a right shot.”So Puljujarvi might still be on the move. But I’m now not seeing such a trade as the most likely possibility. Most likely, it seems Puljujarvi will return to the Oilers.