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10-04-2013, 03:21 PM
Panda Bear
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Originally Posted by guymez View Post
I have no familiarity at all with Joensuu until this season...other than the sports hernia from last year I really didnt know anything about him.

Its not standard for a player to completely change his style in such a way that it contrasts his entire far as you can determine what appears to be the reason for the transformation?
I think Joensuu realized that if he wants to play in the NHL, he'd have to embrace his physical gifts. He used to play a much more passive skill game.

The Islanders have tried to get him to embrace the physical side of the game since he came over to North America, and it only began to stick in 2010-2011...but he was still inconsistent in bringing that kind of game every night. During this time his skating was still a big issue as he had poor balance and edges. His straightaway speed was fine, but he was falling to ice and losing puck battles way more often than you'd like to see from a big guy like him.

I think we got lucky that he was injured for much of last season, really, as the Islanders decided to cut their losses without seeing what he could finally bring.

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