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Dobber Sports

2010-02-04

Jokinen

 

In my youth, this phrase was heard in the neighbourhood more than a few times. It was used during games of Hide and Seek to let everyone know that it was safe to come out from their hiding spots. Let's hope that the newest Ranger, Olli Jokinen hears the call and emerges from wherever his 30-goal talent and passion have been hiding for the last few seasons. For those of you who own O.J. in your pools, you have to be optimistic that he finds his return to the Eastern Conference welcoming! He hasn't been the same since leaving the Panthers in 2008.

 

For those of you musing whether or not the Zednik near-death experience (Jokinen's skate accidentally cut Zednik's neck) affected Jokinen's point production, here are the numbers:  In the 157 games since the incident, Jokinen has 45 goals and 105 points or an average of 24 goals and 55 points pro-rated over 82 games. In the preceding 222 games, he recorded 106 goals and 238 points. That's an 82 game average of 39 goals and 88 points.

 

Bringing in Jokinen could turn out to be a very good move by Glen Sather. In his debut in Broadway Blues on Tuesday, Jokinen lined up between Marian Gaborik and Vaclav Prospal. The Rangers are better off with Jokinen in their top six vice Chris Higgins.

 

While Mike Keenan is widely credited for Olli Jokinen's emergence as a player, it was Jacques Martin who managed to coax the best out of the big Finn. Under Keenan's tutelage, Jokinen recorded seasons of 29, 65 and 58 points. After Jacques Martin took over behind the bench, Jokinen averaged 37 goals, 84 points and 348 shots on goal over their three seasons together.

 

The Rangers desperately need Jokinen to return to his 30-35 goal form, as New York's offense has been very predictable of late. Marian Gaborik has scored five of the team's last six goals.

 

File this under the heading Bad Idea; the Rangers threw out five forwards on the power play last game and were promptly burned for a sweet short-handed marker courtesy of Anze Kopitar.

 

Chris Drury has been relegated to playing on the fourth line with Brian Boyle and Aaron Voros. Drury has logged less than 15 minutes of ice time in four of his last eight games. This is a player who will be paid over $8-million dollars this season! Just another in a long list of not very good bang for your buck signings by the Rangers management.

 

Razor Sharp

 

Since returning from injury, Ray Emery has played well and although his 5-3 record doesn't stand out, his ancillary numbers do. In those eight contests, he has a goals-against-average of 2.14, a save percentage of 0.919 and two s