Dobber’s Goal Projection: 12
Oil on Whyte Ruling: Over
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.
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.