Oilers Stats Projections: Jesse Joensuu

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Dobber’s Goal Projection: 12

Oil on Whyte Ruling: Over

Like we have with the other players’ stats projections, we’ve used Dobber’s fantasy guide as a place to start when examining Joensuu and his potential goal and point totals.

Cut Dobber some slack here, he only had Joensuu playing in 57 games which is a fair assessment when not knowing how he’d perform in training camp.  It’s safe to say he’s earned a regular spot on this Oilers roster and aside from injuries, he should continue to receive third line minutes throughout the year.

Couple that with the fact that he could have some highly skilled linemates this season in Nail Yakupov, Ales Hemsky and/or David Perron and Joensuu will have ample scoring opportunities.

Boyd Gordon and Yakupov are projected to be his linemates when the season opens next week and Joensuu’s job will be to create scoring chances by using his body to make room on the ice.  Driving the net and picking up the so called “garbage goals” could be right up Joensuu’s ally given his large frame.  He’s already proving he has plenty of finish around the net so the over in this scenario is an easy one.  I’m taking Joensuu to finish with 16 goals on the season.

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