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10-29-2012, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
Pelle Eklund is better than Jokinen in every way except regular season offense.
Eklund has an advantage in playoff offense only because he has an actual resume in the playoffs. Jokinen has played just 6 playoff games, but had 5 points. As a center, Jokinen is basically all offense whereas Eklund has some defensive ability, but not nearly enough to bridge the large gap between the two offensively. Jokinen has better size, but doesn't really use it that well except for using it to shield and protect the puck. Here are Eklund's scoring ranks among players on his team: 6, 6, 9, 4, 4, 2, 12, 7. Here are Jokinen's: 10, 9, 13, 7, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2*, 4**, 3, 2.

*Partial season in Phoenix, but still 2nd on team, total would still have him 2nd
**Partial season in Calgary, total points would have him 3rd

Now, that doesn't consider the fact that Eklund played on better teams than Jokinen did. The fact that Jokinen's career adjusted PPG is .702 over 1,042 games compared to Eklund's .641 over just 594 games shows that Jokinen is a much better offensive player. Then, consider the fact that he put up those numbers for 1.75 times longer, and the fact that he did it playing with significantly worse players than Eklund, and you have a superior player in Jokinen. Eklund's defensive resume is a bit up for debate as seventies noted. Sources say he was a PKer, but he was never used very often on the actual PK. He was out for .125 PPGA per game, compared to Jokinen's .13 PPGA per game. And most would never mistake Olli Jokinen for a defensive stalwart, although as time has gone on he's become less of a floater and played better in his own zone.

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