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05-06-2013, 03:50 PM
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Panthers Acquire Finnish Forward from Islanders



Jesse Joensuu is now a Florida Panther.


It's been a rough start to the 2013-14 season for the Florida Panthers. They are just two games into the month of February and hold a 5-8-0 record. Currently they are 6 points out of a playoff spot. Despite the offensive impact of Jonathan Huberdeau (17 points in 13 games) and strong production from Tomas Fleischmann (8 pts), Stephen Weiss (12 pts), Nick Bjugstad (10 pts) and Kris Versteeg (11 pts), this Panthers team as a whole is having trouble scoring. Dmitry Kulikov leads the blueline with 6 points and Brian Campbell is second with only 3 assists. Their third line has not scored a goal all season and the fourth line combines for 6 points. The other forward not mentioned, Sean Bergenheim, has put up 5 points on the top line which is respectable but not good enough for a first line. That's why the Panthers decided to go out and make a trade with the New York Islanders.


The Panthers recieved Finnish forward Jesse Joensuu (81 overall) in exchange for Scottie Upshall and goaltender prospect Simon Bergeron (41 ovr, 3 stars). Both Joensuu and Upshall have struggled offensively this year. Through 15 games with the Islanders, Joesnsuu has scored only a goal and an assist, while through 13 games with the Panthers, Upshall has scored zero points.


On Thursday, Joesnuu skated alongside Stephen Weiss and Kris Versteeg on Florida's top line in his Panthers debut against the New York Rangers. Sean Bergenhiem was moved down to the third line in an attempt to spread out scoring. Joensuu scored his first goal as a Panther in the second period of his debut, a 2-1 overtime win. Stephen Weiss scored the game winning goal.

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