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LONG ISLAND-BOUND: Jesse Joensuu

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 12:34 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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LONG ISLAND-BOUND: Jesse Joensuu
A weekly look at an Islanders' top prospect


JESSE JOENSUU

Wing
Height: 6-4     
Weight: 207     
Shoots: Right
Born: October 5, 1987 – Pori, Finland  
2006-07 Team: Assat Pori (FIN)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 second-round draft pick (60th overall)

 

2006-07 Overview

The Finnish native made some personal strides in a disappointing season for Assat in Finland's SM-Liga. Despite Assat's failure to make the playoffs this season after reaching the postseason in 2005-06, Joensuu recorded career highs in goals (9), assists (17) and points (26). His 26 points were tied for fourth on the team.

At the 2007 World Junior Championship in Sweden, Joensuu's Finnish Team fell to the United States in their quarterfinal matchup by the score of 6-3. Joensuu scored Finland's first goal of the game, and finished the tournament with a goal and an assist in six games.



What They're Saying...

Islanders chief European scout Vellu-Pekka Kautonen:  "Jesse improved his game and increased his scoring from 12 to 26, which was positive. Jesse is a power forward who has a big body and is strong along the boards. He's poised with the puck and keeps his legs moving."

 

His pro career

After playing three seasons with Assat's junior team, Joensuu jumped to the pro level at the age of 17, making him one of the youngest players in the league. Each season he has improved his goal, assist and point totals with help from his increased ice time. In 2004-05, Joensuu was 1-1-2 in 39 games. The following year he jumped to 4-8-12 in 51 games before compiling his career highs this season.

Joensuu also has 29 games of international experience at World Junior Championships. He played on Finland's Under-18 Team for two tournaments, totaling 2-1-3 in ten games, and is 4-3-7 in 19 World Junior (Under-20) appearances. In 2006, Joensuu helped lead the Finns to a Bronze Medal at the World Juniors in Vancouver after compiling two goals and two assists in seven games. Joensuu scored Finland's fourth goal in their 4-2 victory over the United States in the Bronze Medal game.

 

What's Next?

Joensuu is expected to return to Finland to play in his fourth season with Assat. At 20, Joensuu's ice time should continue to increase as he takes on more responsibility. While the Islanders scouting staff likes his size and strength, they look forward to seeing him improve his skating ability.

"I believe he can reach 40 points next year," said Kautonen, "but that will only come if he improves his skating. He knows that his first step and his explosiveness need to get better for next season. He will be working a lot over the summer to improve that."

 

Newyorkislanders.com PROJECTion

The Islanders' second-round pick in the 2006 draft has a lot of potential due to his size, and that's why he was chosen so early in the draft. He's still young and will see another year or two in the competitive SM-Liga in Finland before looking to sign with the Islanders and join the Sound Tigers.

If Joensuu can improve his skating enough, he'll have all tools to be an effective power forward. His summer workout program will be just as important to his development as his in-season performance with Assat.

 

Stats

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004-05 Assat Pori  FNL 39 1 1 2 4 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Assat Pori  FNL 51 4 8 12 57 14 0 2 2 12
2006-07 Assat Pori  FNL 52 9 17 26 74 -- -- -- -- --
TOTALS     142 15 26 40 135 14 0 2 2 12


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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