The Contrarian – Jets Have To Stop Jokinen Around

Dobber Sports

2013-12-22

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The Jets need to move past the Olli Jokinen era

On December 19, 2013, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun wrote an article titled "Winnipeg Jets seem to be too comfortable with mediocrity".

 

He interviews Blake Wheeler about the complacency of the Jets and suggests in his article that it comes from the leadership on the team allowing it to creep in or that the lack of fear of losing one's spot is the cause for it.

 

I suggest that if they want to turn their fortunes around they better think about moving Olli Jokinen to his eighth NHL club. Not only do I believe that in doing so they can get players to become fearful again but they will improve on the overall leadership of the team.

 

"Who's been pushing Wheeler, Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd for time on the top line?" he asks.

 

Quickly looking at their depth chart it seems that they have a capable set of top six forwards, with Jokinen being the second line center. He should be the one pushing Little but is he?

 

Jokinen's stats have improved from the previous seasons pace but they are still low. His shot total is projected to be 166, his lowest full season total since his second year in Florida. Statistics provided from thn.com.

 

Year Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG TOI S PtsPG
2013-14 Winnipeg NHL 37 8 14 22 -6 22 0 0 1 16:33 75 0.59
2012-13 Winnipeg NHL 45 7 7 14 -19 14 0 0 0 17:07 85 0.31
2011-12 Calgary NHL 82 23 38 61 -12 54 9 0 5 18:57 223 0.74
2010-11 Calgary NHL 79 17