The AAA 2012 Assassination Thread
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12-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA
I'm not sure Jokinen is being treated fairly here. His negatives are obvious, but Bullard had more to work with in terms of matchups and linemates if you ask me. Jokinen was the best that Florida had, and it wasn't close. He received the toughest matchups and faced the best defensive players that the other team had. Bullard had the luxury of playing with other very good players, and since the teams he played for actually had depth(Lemieux, Loob, Nieuwendyk, Mullen, etc.) the other team couldn't focus solely on stopping him. Bullard's playoff resume shouldn't put him over Jokinen just because Jokinen doesn't have an extensive resume. It's a very small sample size, but in 6 playoff games he had 5 points, the most of any Flame in those playoffs.
It might not be the playoffs, but Jokinen does have a solid international resume that can be seen as playing on a "big stage" and sort of like the playoffs. For example, he tied Selanne for most goals in the entire 2006 Olympics.
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