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LONG ISLAND-BOUND: Jesse Joensuu

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 12:34 PM ET / 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


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 9 6 5 0 11
K. Okposo 9 1 6 0 7
F. Nielsen 9 3 2 -1 5
B. Nelson 9 1 4 -4 5
T. Hickey 9 1 4 -4 5
A. Quine 9 1 4 0 5
S. Prince 9 3 1 1 4
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
N. Leddy 9 1 3 3 4
C. Clutterbuck 9 2 1 -1 3
 
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T. Greiss 5 4 1 .930 2.34
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