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A Thread For Every Player: Joni Pitkanen

Joni Pitkanen

(rankings among team defensemen per game)

GP: 30
TOI per game: 22:50 (2nd)
Goals: 5 (1st)
Assists: 12 (1st)
Points: 17 (1st)
PIM: 16 (5th)
Hits: 27 (6th)
Blocked shots: 43 (4th)
Giveaways: 17 (1st)
Takeaways: 9 (4th)

Age: 29 (September 19, 1983)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 213 lbs

Contract status: UFA in 2014
Current contract: 3 years, $13.5M ($4.5M cap hit)
Acquired: Traded by Edmonton for Erik Cole, 7/1/2008


The past few weeks haven't provided much inspiration to keep these things going, but like Jack Burton always says... what the hell.

Pitkanen is a #2 defenseman who plays a #1 on television. The best we can hope for is that 1) Faulk takes developmental strides to become a second solid top-pair guy and complement Joni well enough to make a serviceable top-pair-by-committee or 2) Karmanos gets another wild hair next summer and pursues the Suter/Weber of that FA class. Unti then, it's hard to see Piktanen ever being more than the vaguely-disappointing but efficient enigma he's always been.

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