Dobber’s Point Projection: 21
Oil on Whyte Ruling: Over
The same argument could be made for his point totals this season. Aside from some freak injury that is never wished upon any player, Joensuu will be a regular in the Oilers lineup as long as he continues to perform the role that is asked of him; a physical third liner that helps his linemates both offensively and defensively.
With Boyd Gordon considered to be a grinder who is responsible in his own end, this line should have no problem containing opponents in the defensive zone. After that, the chances will come in the offensive zone by constant pressure and a physical style of play by both Joensuu and Gordon.
There could be opportunity to play on one of the top two lines if the Oilers struggle or injuries continue to ravage through this hockey club. Both scenarios that could prvoide Joensuu the chance to showcase his abilities to play alongside Taylor Hall and/or Jordan Eberle.
If Joensuu can score 16 goals then he shouldn’t have any problem adding another 18-20 assists. I’ll take the over on his point total, saying he’ll finish the year with 34 points.
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