Jesse Joensuu appears to be a very similar player to Teemu Hartikainen–a big, skilled forward who is searching for consistency and a home in the NHL. He enters camp about where Hartikainen would have, and as with Hartikainen has some things to recommend him.
RE 2013-14: 51, 7-7-14
- How many LW’s are there going to be? There’s a few more, but we’ll move over to center tomorrow and pick up the other LWs at the end of the RE.
- Did you read that thing Willis wrote about him? You mean this? Yes.
- Doug Weight liked him. Yes, Weight (in NYI management now) said: “Three years ago he was here, and he wasn’t in shape and he was still young. This year he came back and he is fit now, he’s living the right way, he’s very focused. It was unfortunate for him the minute he got here in camp, he had a nagging problem throughout the summer, you know those hernias that everybody gets, and he had to take care of it. With a shortened season he was never able to get off the ground here. Very big kid, he will take the puck to the net; he’s going to compete. He came in and played a game in the playoffs for us and really competed, he played physical and he’s a big Finnish kid that’s going to score some goals around the net. You mix him with, I mean obviously the list of your talent up front is ridiculous with RNH and Eberle and Hall and Sam [Gagner] and now David Perron; you guys got so many guys, it’s crazy. He’ll be able to fit in there and be able to contribute.”
- Sounds impressive. Well, sounds like he’s going to give this a real shot, and that’s a very good thing. I had heard one of the reasons the Oilers weren’t that thrilled with Hartikainen during his final callup (this was right after MacT took over) was conditioning. Don’t have any way to confirm, but if that”s true then one area that Joensuu may be superior (the two Finns look like similar players on paper) may be in that area.
- With that Weight quote, shouldn’t the RE be better? My RE was established before I read that, and honestly the idea is “reasonable expectations” for each player. Weight’s report is interesting, and encouraging, but the idea of RE is to take things like Weight’s quote out of the equation and look at the numbers/opportunity.
- Where will he play? I have him fourth line, mostly LW and a little RW. If we add all of the GP for Hall, Perron, Smyth, Jones and Joensuu in the RE, we get 335 NHL games, or about one season’s worth of 4line. We’re going to see this with Belov, too: although we as fans will be cheering for Joensuu to step smartly into a strong top 9 role (he’s a Finn!) reasonable expectations have him working his way into an everyday role on the 4line and waiting for his chance to move up in the order.
- He’s HUGE! Right, and there are some encouraging words about two way ability in there. It’s a decent bet in my opinion. I just don’t think we should grade him on number of hits, let’s see if he can play the game and score a little.
- You don’t seem convinced. Oh, I think he has a really good chance here, his competition is Ryan Smyth (a wonderful player for years but nearing the end) and Ryan Jones (an offensive winger trying to overcome injury) and Joensuu is a young man with some nice things (size, 2-way play, some skill of his own). But, here in reasonable it’s best not to get ahead of yourself. Joensuu is signed for 2 seasons at less than $1M per year–he could fill a 4line job and not be overpaid.
- What’s best case scenario? He arrives in Edmonton and establishes right away he can play with skill. Two goals in his first pre-season game (one on the PP) and a nice defensive play have the coaching staff eager to get another look.
- Does that ever happen? Sure it does, teams sign guys for certain roles and they deliver in pre-season and carry the day. Kyle Brodziak did that in 2007, although often the changeover happens during mid-season injury or slump (Pisani passing Cleary).
- Is he a lock for a roster spot? Yes, I’d say so. Unlike Ben Eager, Joensuu’s resume looks stronger on the skill side (taking, making a pass) and less strong on the brawn side. If he can play, he can play. If we’re happy with his skills and performance and people are bitching about his lack of physical play, I’m fine with it.
- Why this song? Great song, incredible vocal. Bowie couldn’t be boring if he tried. And of course the song is about discovery, something we’re all going to experience when it comes to this player. It’s also, apparently, about heartbreak a little, and that’s a perfect song for a new Oiler.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
This morning at 10, we’re back on the treadmill (Team1260) with a rollicking group of angry birds. Scheduled to appear:
- Ryan Batty from Copper and Blue. Oilers blue–who plays where? and finding an answer for the 3line.
- Guy Flaming from The Pipeline show. Mayo at the Hlinka, Lazar in the capital and Platzer is a Werewolf of London.
- Harrison Mooney from Vancouver Sun and Puck Daddy. Where we end up is rarely where we were heading.
- David Staples from the Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk about extending all those contracts that expire next summer.
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