The Edmonton Oilers have signed Finnish winger Jere Sallinen.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 13, 2016
CapFriendly has his profile up with the specific numbers.
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) December 14, 2015
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HIM?
- Sallinen is 25.
- It is a one-year entry level deal.
- There is a youtube of him hitting a player and taking a penalty.
- He is 6.01, 196 according to team website.
- His NHLE from 2015-16 is 82, 10-15-25.
- He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2009, No. 163 overall. That was 81 spots after the Oilers chose Cameron Abney.
- HF: Opinions vary widely on Sallinen. Some scouts view him as a Bobby Holik-type power forward while others feel he is merely a big bodied, undisciplined player who put up big scoring numbers playing against smaller junior players but does not have the requisite skill level to be successful at the NHL level. On the plus side, his energy and enthusiasm, as well as a willingness to compete all over the ice, are popular with both teammates and fans alike. While not as awe inspiring as some of the other prospects in Finland, Sallinen is a strong skater and also handles the puck well in traffic. Unfortunately, he suffered a back injury this past season which limited his season to nine games. With his punishing style of play, that is something that has teams concerned. Source
My guess is that the Oilers saw him good, as a power-forward agitator (despite lack of size). His NHLE is somewhat promising—he could be another in that line of wingers Chiarelli is collecting that includes Patrick Maroon and Zack Kassian. None of these guys are going to score 30 goals, but they could jump onto a skill line for two weeks here or there and end up with 15 goals on a season. I would suggest that this player is probably at the low end of that list, but on it for sure. Edmonton’s love affair with Finnish hockey players has an addition.