He was pretty bad last year but he had his moments. Good at faceoffs, plays hard even if his hockey sense is nonexistent. I'd probably have perferred Darche but I liked Noke on the Finnish NT a few years ago, fine 13th or 14th forward.
Exactly. If he's expected to be a regular, it sucks. But the amount he's paid, it seems to me he'll be used sparingly.
Hmm, faceoff skillz I guess. Maybe Therrien can get him playing some harder hockey. I thought he showed it for a few games when he came over and then devolved into more of a softy, perhaps he just got corrupted by the miasma, haha... Ah well, not a huge deal obviously at ridiculous low cost for a FO guy/13th forward!
Come to think of it, this makes pretty good sense. He's a lower-end NHL player but he's still an NHL player. Last season we had injuries and had to make a trade to get Nokelainen on our team, which showed how much we were lacking NHL depth. This way if we get injuries we won't have to waste a 5th round pick or something to round out the line-up.
Its not a big deal obviously but I think its a waste of a roster spot. I don't think Nokelainan belongs in the NHL and there are plenty of better C's available. I'm iffy on him even as an injury reserve. But its not like this is a crippling blunder either.