A Thread For Every Player: Joni Pitkanen
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09-27-2012, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Rock Ridge
There is hardly a player on the Canes' roster who is a bigger enigma that Joni. He is a very talented skater and passer that does an adequate job in his on end. He is on the ice for close to half the game (too much under Mo, I think) and that amplifies his blunders, which happen occasionally. He seems to have some form of Finnish ADD that makes him attracted to shiny objects and squirels at the worst times.
As BK mentioned, what he produces at his salary level is fine. I think that small aspect gets lost in the shuffle. If he's getting top D-man money and producing at his current level, then there is some concern. He is the top earning D-man on the Canes roster, so is he looked at as a top pairing guy...sure. He's still only 29 years old and the old addage about D-men taking longer to develop.
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