OILERS SIGN JOKINEN

One year, $1.1 million, limited no trade as per Mark Spector.

JUSSI JOKINEN

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.94 (9th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.36 (7th among regular forwards)
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 53.3
  • Corsi Rel 5×5 %: 2.8
  • DFF Elite 5×5 %: 46.0
  • DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: 0.4 (38 percent of TOI v. elites)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 118 shots/9.3%
  • Boxcars: 69gp, 11-17-28
  • (All numbers via Puck IQStats.HockeyAnalysis.com and hockey-reference)

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60 Responses to "OILERS SIGN JOKINEN"

  1. Professor Q says:

    Nicely done.

  2. dustrock says:

    This is great, can’t see how anybody could be upset with the signing or number.

    He fills a buncha different slots and can even help Puljujarvi with the Finnish/finish

  3. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – The “advantage” of McD’s $12.5, and what it sets up for Matthews/Eichel and other young guns is that in this cap world, there are going to be a lot of these Josi-type players: who will have to accept lower salaries in order to play, because of pure economics…

    EDIT – It’s also our first “sign for cheap for a year with the chance to win” type signing, which we should have many of going forward

  4. MacT's Neglected Helmet says:

    Excellent signing.

  5. Professor Q says:

    And now, we await Draisaitl and Jagr…

  6. Wonder Llama says:

    I wonder how close to the mythical balance photo we’d be now if Sekera were healthy.

    If I may quote Gollum: “So Jussi sweeeeeeet!”

  7. Diesel says:

    I think a key to this signing is that it allows Todd to scale back Letestu’s ice. Test was shoe-horned into a lot of situations that began with an important face-off.

  8. LMHF#1 says:

    Well done. More please.

  9. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Here’s a link to Jussi’s WoodMoney player card for 15/16 and 16/17.

    The man can still play the hockey at a high level.

    https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/883387517868810240

  10. Bag of Pucks says:

    Like the bet. Some posters will likely gripe on the No Trade clause, but put yourself in the player’s shoes. Who wants to potentially move their family twice in one year? NHL players are nomads by definition, but that’s taking it to extremes.

  11. vinotintazo says:

    Im reading Jokinnen is super slow… hmmm….thoughts?

  12. Ice Sage says:

    He’s a good shootout option, too.
    JJ is ‘dynomiiiiiite’

  13. Steve4 says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Who would care about a limited no-trade on a 1 year $1.1 million deal? If he’s good we keep him for the playoffs. If he struggles we send him down the lineup, potentially to the AHL.

    Only good things here!

  14. Bag of Pucks says:

    Steve4:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Who would care about a limited no-trade on a 1 year $1.1 million deal?If he’s good we keep him for the playoffs.If he struggles we send him down the lineup, potentially to the AHL.

    Only good things here!

    No one should care, but you’d be amazed what some folks will find cause to complain about ; )

  15. Bank Shot says:

    Diesel:
    I think a key to this signing is that it allows Todd to scale back Letestu’s ice. Test was shoe-horned into a lot of situations that began with an important face-off.

    Interesting.

    Perhaps if the Oilers use Strome as 3C it’ll be a Draisaitl/McDavid situation where Jokinen takes most of the faceoffs.

  16. Bag of Pucks says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Here’s a link to Jussi’s WoodMoney player card for 15/16 and 16/17.

    The man can still play the hockey at a high level.

    https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/883387517868810240

    You’re a one man media empire today!

  17. russ99 says:

    Nice signing.

    Looking like a Jokinen – RNH – Kassian third line.

  18. Steve4 says:

    vinotintazo:
    Im reading Jokinnen is super slow… hmmm….thoughts?

    On a tough-minutes line with, say, Nuge and Cags his speed will be manageable. I know the early 2000s saw different hockey, but Mario could barely skate when he came back, but still put up crazy points. Savvy Vets know where to be and how to get there ahead of time.

    *I don’t consider Milan to be a savvy vet.

  19. Steve4 says:

    russ99:
    Nice signing.

    Looking like a Jokinen – RNH – Kassian third line.

    That could be a fantastic tough-minutes line!

  20. Dirk Dangler says:

    So are there any changes that need to be made to the following forward group?

    19-97-Strome
    27-29-42
    Jokinen-93-98
    36-55-44

    Anyone above their established level of ability?

    That’s the way I’d start the season with the current roster. Strome could struggle to provide chemistry with 97, but 29 can move up if required. Or even 93 can take a spin in that spot. Strome inserts back into 2C or 3C.

  21. Bank Shot says:

    Dirk Dangler:
    So are there any changes that need to be made to the following forward group?

    19-97-Strome
    27-29-42
    Jokinen-93-98
    36-55-44

    Anyone above their established level of ability?

    That’s the way I’d start the season with the current roster. Strome could struggle to provide chemistry with 97, but 29 can move up if required. Or even 93 can take a spin in that spot. Strome inserts back into 2C or 3C.

    Both Strome and Slepyshev are further up the depth chart than they have shown to be capable of handling.

    I’d rather not have Strome play with McDavid unless he gets extended before the season starts either.

    Hopefully Chirelli brings in a vet right wing.

  22. Jaxon says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Here’s a link to Jussi’s WoodMoney player card for 15/16 and 16/17.

    The man can still play the hockey at a high level.

    https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/883387517868810240

    Hey Woodguy,

    Great site. Any chance you’ll be adding a numbering system to the left side of PuckIQ in the future. It would make it much easier to figure out where they rank by each stat with numbering. I don’t imagine it’s the hardest thing to code, but I don’t know, so maybe it is. For example, it would make it more readable if I sorted the chart by DFF% to know that J Jokinen is ranked 160th in the list, or wherever he is ranked. Just a suggestion.

  23. franksterra says:

    Bank Shot,

    You’re not wrong about sleppy and strome but I imagine management’s play is to ride that great looking centre depth. If there is another FA coming in my hope would be Markov, Franson, etc.

  24. Oil2Oilers says:

    Dirk Dangler:
    So are there any changes that need to be made to the following forward group?

    19-97-Strome
    27-29-42
    Jokinen-93-98
    36-55-44

    Anyone above their established level of ability?

    That’s the way I’d start the season with the current roster. Strome could struggle to provide chemistry with 97, but 29 can move up if required. Or even 93 can take a spin in that spot. Strome inserts back into 2C or 3C.

    My only concern is Puljujarvi with Nuge & Jokinen. They are going to face the deepest of deepends which is a tough assignment for a young kid. But that is true of any on the current brigade on the right side so I don’t have a better solution for the roster as it currently stands.

  25. JustWatt says:

    Bank Shot: Both Strome and Slepyshev are further up the depth chart than they have shown to be capable of handling.

    I’d rather not have Strome play with McDavid unless he gets extended before the season starts either.

    Hopefully Chirelli brings in a vet right wing.

    Jagr please.

  26. JorgeR04 says:

    Woodguy killing it on Oilers Now. I wish I could have a few beers while I’m “at work”! 🙂

  27. Thinker says:

    I like it. Covers the likelihood that at least 1 of Caggiula, Slepyshev, JJ need to go back to the AHL. I’d like to see Jagr, or a right handed 3C not named strome, or a left handed 3C named strome. That and Cody Franson or other. Would love to see some bloody competition for time among the RW.

    Maroon McJesus Puljujarvi
    Lucic Drai Jagr
    Jokinen RNH Strome
    Caggiula Letestu Kassian
    Slepyshev JK

  28. Bank Shot says:

    franksterra:
    Bank Shot,

    You’re not wrong about sleppy and strome but I imagine management’s play is to ride that great looking centre depth. If there is another FA coming in my hope would be Markov, Franson, etc.

    I’d also take a defenseman over a winger on a one year deal. Still so many roster holes….

    They may have room to do both if the contracts are low enough.

  29. Dirk Dangler says:

    Oil2Oilers: My only concern is Puljujarvi with Nuge & Jokinen. They are going to face the deepest of deepends which is a tough assignment for a young kid. But that is true of any on the current brigade on the right side so I don’t have a better solution for the roster as it currently stands.

    If TMac continues to use Nuge as a tough minutes center, and I think he will, then Puljujarvi may be a bit exposed. But like you mentioned there aren’t a ton of options on the RH side for a tough minutes winger. Kassian could slide there if JP really struggles.

    From what I remember, JP was discussed positively in regards to his defensive conscience, especially for a player his age. Having Jokinen on the same line to open up the language barrier is just too tempting. I think it’s one of the primary reasons he was signed.

    I expect Puljujarvi to blossom alongside Jokinen. Really like the signing.

  30. striatic says:

    JorgeR04,

    Woodguy’s spot was great.

    The thing I worry about most with Jokinen is the same with any old player. Even if his last year was good, is this the year the wheels fall off? I’ve read that his performance fell off in the back half of the last season and this could be indicative of diminishing value.

    For 1 year/1.1 million I suppose it doesn’t much matter that much if he’s a complete dud or not, but still it is a mild risk.

  31. Professor Q says:

    striatic,

    He’s only 34. It’s not that bad.

  32. Professor Q says:

    Bank Shot: I’d also take a defenseman over a winger on a one year deal. Still so many roster holes….

    They may have room to do both if the contracts are low enough.

    I actually think we need more wingers than defencemen at this point.

  33. Ducey says:

    striatic:
    JorgeR04,

    Woodguy’s spot was great.

    The thing I worry about most with Jokinen is the same with any old player. Even if his last year was good, is this the year the wheels fall off? I’ve read that his performance fell off in the back half of the last season and this could be indicative of diminishing value.

    For 1 year/1.1 million I suppose it doesn’t much matter that much if he’s a complete dud or not, but still it is a mild risk.

    Yeah. I am not a huge fan but if you send him to the minors all but $75 K is buried. So there is no risk here other than the tiny downside of taking up a 50 man spot

  34. Delen says:

    Very surprised we landed him for only 1.1 mill. The guy put up 60 points 2 seasons ago, is a known playoff performer, and will be great in the locker room. What a steal

  35. Clarkenstein says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Here’s a link to Jussi’s WoodMoney player card for 15/16 and 16/17.

    The man can still play the hockey at a high level.

    https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/883387517868810240

    Wonderful explanation on LT’s show this morning. Appreciate your research very much!!

  36. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Thinker:
    I like it. Covers the likelihood that at least 1 of Caggiula, Slepyshev, JJ need to go back to the AHL…Would love to see some bloody competition for time among the RW.

    Maroon McJesus Puljujarvi
    Lucic Drai Jagr
    Jokinen RNH Strome
    Caggiula Letestu Kassian
    Slepyshev JK

    – What is encouraging is that players now have different paths to success, and you actually do have competition amongst wingers, and you don’t “hope” one guy is the solution

    1) Stome: CmD’s W/3rd line C
    2) Drai: CmD’s W/2nd line C
    3) Pool: protected spots available on a number of lines with vets eg: Josi-RNH-Pool 3rd line,
    4) Sleppy/Kassian/Caggiula/Lucic/Jokinen/Jar: they can move up/down on merit + match-up

    – This is an interesting options available roster now. And kids can fail without team blow-up

  37. franksterra says:

    Professor Q,

    Its the team building gamble
    My guess is they want to see what the drake, sleppy, pulju, khaira, pak, looch, even yamamoto do before committing to ‘proven wing’.
    Of course tomorrow they will sign iggy and jagr…

  38. Ribs says:

    Now we just need him to play with Jujhar and Jagr and we’d have the full set of JJ’s! The intermission interviews with JJ Hebert will be fantastic!

  39. franksterra says:

    Ribs,

    The awesome thing is this is not impossible
    Highly unlikely but not impossible

  40. godot10 says:

    I think Mark Streit on a one year deal would be a good idea.

  41. GMB3 says:

    Adding Jagr makes that RW depth much better, but I doubt it happens. I think Slepy earned a chance to run in the top 6 during the playoffs. If Drai deserves over 7 mill because of his playoff run, I don’t see the harm in giving Slepy a chance.

  42. Thinker says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    EXACTLY!!! The only thing I don’t like is we have nobody who is proven top 6. Would be nice to have at least one, and I think Jagr still covers that bet. Strome might be closer to a top 6RW than I give him credit for.

  43. jtblack says:

    Wow. Great stuff all around …

    We know the lines are going to shuffle around all year and we actually have players that can play up and down the lineup for once …

    How about ..

    19-97-Strome
    27-29-98
    Jokinen-93-42
    36-55-44

    I think JP needs to play Top 6 to be effective .. McD faces the best opposing D men and checkers .. RNH plays the toughs more often than not …. So slide JP into 2RW and let that Huge line cycle, roll and score!!!!! I think Sleppy is better suited for 3RW; although I really like the 27-29-42 line in the playoffs.

    Left wing is solid and mature … Center is dynamic and young .. Obviously RW is youthful .. But simply slide Leon to RW#1 and he is one of the best in that slot automatically .. Options, we have options!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sign a true RHD. LT has been clamouring for Franson for a while. I think he would be a good fit to shelter Benning if need be and to play PP2 point.

  44. jtblack says:

    Thinker,

    I understand the option of signing a veteran right wing .. wouldn’t be the worst thing .. my only hesitation would be that it “blocks” some of the unproven guys (JP, Yamamoto, Sleppy) … The problem is you can’t play scorers in the bottom 6; they usually don’t translate well to that role … I could see PC holding off on a RW until post Christmas … see what he has and if needs a vet, hopefully he can still sign a cheap, experienced guy …

    I would say the more pressing need is a 4/5/6 RHD (ie: Franson)

  45. Thinker says:

    jtblack,

    Yamamoto has no business being in the NHL. Period. More AHL time would hurt neither JP or Slepyshev. Especially if JP started the year there. I would rather block Slepyshev and be a better team, then not make the team better so he can develop. I know we like Slepyshev, but 13 points in 53 games shouldn’t earn you any NHL guarantees.

    We can afford both. Where is that Mexican girl from the commercial?

  46. jtblack says:

    Thinker,

    Yes, I don’t disagree with what you are saying for the most part . I think JP will start in the NHL, if he does start in the AHL I am fine with that .. Yamamoto has a 95% chance of staring in the WHL but every so often a youngster surprises, he is a late birthday, so almost 1 year older than some of his draftees .. but again, he is small and probably needs to mature .. I think Sleppy will be 2R or 3RW …

    Point is valid … I think PC adds a veteran RW by the deadline or sooner UNLESS, JP starts strong and plays well / consistent (like Leon in year 2) … Then you have Drai/Strome at RW1. JP RW2. Sleppy and Kass RW3 & RW4 …

    Yamamoto is probably 1 – 3 years away in all reality !

  47. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Nokia (autocorrect for Joki, ha) is a smart signing. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is unicorns, they now have 3 lines with skill!

    I’m not sure they see another winger, Joki can play RW. They can spend the season training the young wingers and pop Joki anywhere he’s needed including centre. If somebody struggles they can move down. They have enough depth to cover an injured centre now as well. They do need to figure out if these young wingers can get it down to prepare for 2018 2019.

    If Chiarelli were devious he could sign a RW vet and Franson (there is space at similar reasonable contracts) and use them to keep Benning, Strome, Slepy and others production down for signings next summer, and it would be legit in an effort for a cup run as the young players develop. If they use the guys that will need contracts on the PP and top 6 a few might post some pretty decent, and like Drai expensive, numbers.

  48. Scungilli Slushy says:

    So Strome fought Joki and got the better of him. I guess that’s another thing he can do that Eberle didn’t. No wonder Pete liked him. Now they came be linemates and protect JP!

  49. NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    You wrote it twice but Josi is the Swiss D who plays for the Preds. If we got him for 1.1m!!! 😂
    We got Jussi Jokinen, free agent winger/centre. Hate to burst your bubble!

  50. Ducey says:

    Capfriendly says JJ has a three team no trade list. So is that 3 teams he can be traded to, or 3 teams he can’t be traded to?

  51. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Ducey: o
    Capfriendly says JJ has a three team no trade list. So is that 3 teams he can be traded to, or 3 teams he can’t be traded to?

    Usually means can’t be traded to. Must be three he really doesn’t like, kind of odd. I would think Canucks Flames Anaheim, after all Bob said he was one f the smartest Finns.

  52. who says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Nokia (autocorrect for Joki, ha) is a smart signing. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is unicorns, they now have 3 lines with skill!

    I’m not sure they see another winger, Joki can play RW. They can spend the season training the young wingers and pop Joki anywhere he’s needed including centre. If somebody struggles they can move down. They have enough depth to cover an injured centre now as well. They do need to figure out if these young wingers can get it down to prepare for 2018 2019.

    IfChiarelli were devious he could sign a RW vet and Franson (there is space at similar reasonable contracts) and use them to keep Benning, Strome, Slepy and others production down for signings next summer, and it would be legit in an effort for a cup run as the young players develop. If they use the guys that will need contracts on the PP and top 6 a few might post some pretty decent, and like Drai expensive, numbers.

    Yeah he is versatile, can play a little center, and can kill penalties but let’s not forget he is 34 and coming off a poor year. Low risk and probably low event signing but a good bet.
    Agree that the Oilers don’t need to sign any more forwards. Maybe just bring one or two to camp on PTO s. Would like to save any additional cap space for a Dman on a 1 year deal or leave it til the deadline.
    Give the young wingers the first half of the season to see what they can do.

  53. Scungilli Slushy says:

    The Pens have a bit of cap space this year still and may add, but with their stripped down forwards they look a lot like the Oilers, except their top 4 players are older, still a younger team.

    No wonder the Oilers are right behind them with the bookies for the Cup. A solid right side defencemen would make our guys a formidable challenger.

  54. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Jussi Jokinen

    – yes, I know. Spelling. But I wouldn’t have put him as a F in my list if he was a D would I, or said he’s a good mentor to Pool-party: what smart teams do either…

    Jussi-RNH-Pool in some circumstances makes sense to me

  55. Scungilli Slushy says:

    who: Yeah he is versatile, can play a little center, and can kill penalties but let’s not forget he is 34 and coming off a poor year. Low risk and probably low event signing but a good bet.
    Agree that the Oilers don’t need to sign any more forwards. Maybe just bring one or two to camp on PTO s. Would like to save any additional cap space for a Dman on a 1 year deal or leave it til the deadline.Give the young wingers the first half of the season to see what they can do.

    Hopefully and probably they did due dilligence on his knee issue last season. If he’s fit I’m not worried, he’s under appreciated quality. And he apparently mentored Barkov so nobody better to help JP paddle the rapids and get established.

  56. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – yes, I know.Spelling.But I wouldn’t have put him as a F in my list if he was a D would I, or said he’s a good mentor to Pool-party: what smart teams do either…

    Jussi-RNH-Pool in some circumstances makes sense to me

    Perfect 3rd line if Leon is at C. Responsible C with a Finnish speaker who plays a high level game. They should destroy 3rd line comp, and the team missed that. McLelllan has so many options with this forward group.

  57. VOR says:

    Nobody has said it yet. This is the guy who was filling the Pisani role in Florida and very well by all accounts until the knee injury.

    If he can get 15 goals (which isn’t impossible) and mentor the kids then you’ve filled the Pisani slot on your roster for this year.

  58. Yegfoundation says:

    Steve4: That could be a fantastic tough-minutes line!

    RNH is not who you think he is.

  59. Yegfoundation says:

    Oil2Oilers: My only concern is Puljujarvi with Nuge & Jokinen. They are going to face the deepest of deepends which is a tough assignment for a young kid. But that is true of any on the current brigade on the right side so I don’t have a better solution for the roster as it currently stands.

    No, Nuge is not a tough minute Center. This line will get soft comp with McDavid and Drai getting the toughs.

  60. GMB3 says:

    Yegfoundation: RNH is not who you think he is.

    A tough minute center? Who was saddled with Benoit “nowhere to be seen” Pouliot and baby Ebs?

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