Pesonen, who plays in the Ak Bars Kazan in the last two seasons, want to go over the Atlantic Ocean instead.
- To play in the NHL feels closer than before and I hope that everything is ready within a week, says he Hockeyligan.se.
Anyway I still believe he can be productive in the NHL. When he actually suited up for the Pens, he played 3 minutes a night on the 4th line. For a guy that set records in Wilkes-Barre, he didn't get a chance to prove himself.
Put him on a line with Crosby and he'll pot 30 goals, though
A lot of people were complaining that he didn't crack the top 6 in any of his call ups. It's kind of hard to move a guy up the line up when he falls down every shift. People didn't even need to hit him, it's was like just the idea that there might be contact at some point was enough to knock him over.
Nope, he ainīt ridiculously soft and he skates just fine. Leino falls down much easier.
He could do much better if he get even little bit better chance than you gave him at Pens. You gave no chance at all, 3 mins at 4th line
I watched him play about 30 games in the regular season and some in the playoffs for Wilkes-Barre, he's got pretty good vision and he thinks the game pretty well, but he doesn't stand out from a ton of other guys who put up big numbers in the AHL and couldn't make the next step. Jeff Taffe scored 75 points that year and played a much better all around game, you don't see anyone pencilling him into their top six. Chris Minard scored 57 in 54 games and he was lighting it up before he got called to Pittsburgh.
In the playoffs versus Hersey he got ragdolled every time he went after a loose puck. Eventually he just stopped trying and let the defensemen get to the puck and clear it. Hershey players were laughing at him and chirping him the whole time.
He's not physical, he doesn't have a great shot and he's an average skater a best. That's next exactly the recipe for success. Bigger defensemen gave him fits, and that was in the AHL, where things are a step slower.
He didn't get a ton of ice time here in the NHL, but he struggled with what time he did get. He didn't give the coaches any reason to play him more. He looked completely lost and he was a liability even in limited minutes.
Last edited by Zen Arcade: 08-03-2011 at 05:10 PM.