When the Edmonton Oilers signed forward Jesse Joensuu this summer to a two-year contract, many fans were wondering who this new player was. The only stats available were from his four years as part of the New York Islanders organization and even those didn’t relay much information. Over the span of four seasons Joensuu played in a total of 67 games, scored 8 goals and recorded 15 total points.
Fast forward to the end of September and four pre-season games later, Oilers’ fans are quickly learning that Joensuu is a bright spot when looking at the roster. Joensuu has scored three times in the four exhibition games he’s played in and has managed to chip in one assist. Not mind blowing numbers by any means but promising statistics when you look at his role on the Oilers third line.
It was said during the entire off-season and even to date that the Oilers are lacking that power forward who can contribute offensively and still play the physical game. Joensuu may not be the David Clarkson or Milan Lucic type, but he’s rapidly earning the praise of being categorized as a player who brings a similar style of game.
Standing in at 6’4″ and having 210 lbs behind him, Joensuu has that element of size and physicality that the Oilers so desperately need. Can he eventually make his way into the top six forwards in Edmonton? That remains to be seen but for now he’s doing exactly what is needed of him on the third line.
As we continue our look at the Oilers stats projections, the over/under on Jesse Joensuu is an easy one to call.