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03-13-2013, 11:01 AM
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I was never impressed with Joensuu. Maybe his game got better, but I doubt it.
Funny thing about that guy. He had great size, decent skater, okay puck skills, didn't get much done on the ice. He had some great numbers in Europe and he plays an NHL style game so hopefully he matured and got his game together.
The trouble with most players is that they can't be effective in an offensive role in the NHL without significant adjustments. The physical play, size of the players, the limited time and space make it a really tough adjustment. So most offensive players struggle initially, unless they are exceptional (and that's rare).
The best path is to play pro hockey outside the NHL (AHL or Europe) and develop strength and learn to play well without the puck, learn to win battles against adults that are much stronger than you and then come prepared to play a bottom six role really well AND THEN get a chance in the top six and don't look back.
This is where Nino was set-up to fail. He missed all that important stuff and he simply wasn't good enough with the puck to be valuable in the top six. No man's land. Not good.
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