Jesse Joensuu

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Jesse Joensuu
Jesse Joensuu NYI 2011-02-11.JPG
Joensuu with the Islanders, in February 2011
Born (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 26)
Pori, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Ässät
HV71
New York Islanders
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 60th overall, 2006
New York Islanders
Playing career 2004–present

Jesse Joensuu (born October 5, 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Joensuu was selected 60th overall in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Joensuu played parts of five seasons with hometown team Ässät of the SM-liiga, starting off as a 16-year old in 2003–04. This made him the youngest player in the history of the Finnish professional ice-hockey league.

His best season came in 2007–08, when he had 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points, leading the team in scoring. After his season in Finland, Joensuu played one game with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate. In the 2008–09 season Jesse played primarily with the Sound Tigers finishing fifth on Bridgeport in scoring with 39 points. On March 2, 2009, Joensuu made his NHL debut, and scored his first NHL goal, as member of the Islanders in a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.[1]

Joensuu began the 2010–11 season in the AHL. He played 16 games for the Islanders top affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, before being recalled to the NHL on November 19, 2010. He made his season debut with the Islanders on November 20 in a home game in a losing cause against the Florida Panthers.[2]

On July 1, 2011, Joensuu left the Islanders organization as a restricted free agent and signed a two-year deal with Swedish club HV71 of the Elitserien.[3] With the intention of developing his offense as a power forward Joensuu scored 29 points in 50 games during the 2011–12 season.

Joensuu, with a clause for release from HV71 to the NHL, opted a return to the Islanders on a one-year deal on June 15, 2012.[4] With the impending 2012–13 NHL lockout taking affect, Joensuu signed a contract for the duration of the dispute with hometown team Ässät on September 18, 2012.[5]

On July 5, 2013, Joensuu signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jesse Joensuu is the son of Finnish association football manager Jouni Joensuu.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Ässät SM-l 6 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Ässät SM-l 39 1 1 2 4
2005–06 Ässät SM-l 51 4 8 12 57 14 0 2 2 12
2006–07 Ässät SM-l 52 9 17 26 74
2007–08 Ässät SM-l 56 17 18 35 89
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 70 20 19 39 58 5 2 1 3 4
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 7 1 2 3 4
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 70 14 34 48 66 5 0 2 2 6
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 11 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 35 8 16 24 31
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 42 6 3 9 33
2011–12 HV71 SEL 50 13 16 29 58 6 2 1 3 37
2012–13 Ässät SM-l 24 11 14 25 83
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 7 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42 3 2 5 16
SM-liiga totals 228 42 58 100 307 14 0 2 2 12
NHL totals 109 11 9 20 63 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2006 Vancouver
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland WJC18 7th 4 0 0 0 6
2005 Finland WJC18 7th 6 2 1 3 0
2005 Finland WJC 5th 6 1 0 1 2
2006 Finland WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 7 2 2 4 8
2007 Finland WJC 6th 6 1 1 2 14
2012 Finland WC 4th 9 2 3 5 24
Junior totals 29 6 4 10 30
Senior totals 9 2 3 5 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joensuu nets first goal in debut to fuel Islanders". CBS Sports. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Isles drop 12th in a row, losing 4-1 to Florida". National Hockey League. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  3. ^ "HV71 recruits from the NHL" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Islanders agree to terms with Joensuu". New York Islanders. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Lion hero Jesse Joensuu returns to Pori" (in Finnish). Ässät. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Oilers sign Jesse Joensuu to two-year deal". Edmonton Journal. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Pitkä polku parrasvaloihin" (in Finnish). Kaleva. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

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