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05-07-2006, 01:16 AM
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Jokinen In Good Company

Jussi's stats below from his first full season in the NHL:
... Jussi Jokinen - 81 GP, 17 goals, 38 assists, 55 points

Five NHL Forwards stats from their first full seasons in the NHL:
... Alex Tanguay - 76 GP, 17 goals, 34 assists, 51 points
... Milian Hejduk - 82 GP, 14 goals, 34 assists, 48 points
... Simon Gagne - 80 GP, 20 goals, 28 assists, 48 points
... Martin Havlat - 73 GP, 19 goals, 23 assists, 42 points
... Chris Drury - 79 GP, 20 goals, 24 assists, 44 points

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Seems like Jokinen is in good company here. There are a few other players he compares to (notably Kyle Calder - 53 points in his first full season) but this is a pretty solid list.

The thing about this list is all five of these guys improved in their second seasons and a majority of them were first round picks (Jokinen was a sixth rounder).

I think it's very important for the future of the Dallas Stars that Jokinen improve in his second season. There's always the fear of the sophomore slump, but good players improve. I would like to see him shoot for 25 goals and 40 assists next season. No reason to think he can't do that if he stays healthy and continues getting playing time on the top-two lines and on the power play.

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05-07-2006, 09:38 AM
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Tanguay was 20
Hejduk was 23
Gagne was 19
Havlat was 19
Drury was 24
Jokinen is 23


also factor in that the old NHL was alot less scoring and the majority of the players were on stacked teams. Jokinen had a fantastic sason but comparing him to Tanguay, Gagne and Havlat is quite a stretch imo.

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05-07-2006, 11:35 PM
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Well like I said a lot of these players were first round picks I was simply giving a statistical comparision. I think Hejduk, Drury, and Calder are the three he compares to the most. Hejduk had 48 points his rookie year and was the exact same age as Jokinen.

From a statistical standpint, Jokinen's 55 points in the new NHL and Hejduk's 48 in the old NHL are not that far off IMO.

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