I think it's too early to tell. Nice goal last night but waaay too many penalties. Personally I'm not ready to look at him as anything but a rental and a way out of Kotalik's contract. If we can't get Kovalchuk in the offseason the likelyhood or resigning Jokinen goes up assuming he gels well here and takes a bit of a salary cut.
He's been okay. He definitely is more effective than Kotalik. He is better in the offensive zone, decent at faceoffs. That said, not in love with his play in the D zone or Neutral Zone. Mistake prone, somewhat lackidasical, takes lazy penalties at times.
I don't think he will be resigned at season's end. He will take a serious pay cut after this season if he stays in the league. Definitely not worth 5 mil.
Prust didn't get a lot of ice time the second game. But looks like he can play with a slightly more skilled game and can fight. A happy addition for the fourth line.
I hope you guys benefit from having Joker. I'd love to see him regain some lost form in New York. This could be a good trade for both teams. I've really liked both Kotalik and Higgins so far. Higgins works hard every minute and is a solid PK'er. Kotalik has an excellent shot and solid offensive skill and he has worked hard so far for Brent Sutter, who, in turn, has given him ample opportunity to play well.
Maybe it's just me, but after watching these two games Jokinen might have one of the worst shots I've ever seen out of a guy that's scored 30+ goals multiple times. Just seems like his wrister flutters.
Its a little too early to tell but so far he looks like a solid number 2 center. He will help out a lot on the power play too. But he needs to cut down on those lazy penalties that is going to drive Torts crazy.