Jussi Petteri Jokinen (born April 1, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2001 in the sixth round, 192nd overall, and spent his first three NHL seasons with the team. Jokinen has also played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks.
With the Penguins in December 2013
April 1, 1983|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
Columbus Blue Jackets
192nd overall, 2001|
Jokinen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round, 192nd overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons before his NHL debut playing for Kärpät of the SM-liiga, the top Finnish league.
In his rookie year in 2005–06, Jokinen gained a great reputation as a top shootout specialist in the NHL. Until being stopped by Vesa Toskala, he was a remarkable nine-for-nine in shootouts before his first unsuccessful attempt. He can be seen pulling some unique dekes, such as the one-handed, slide-in goal (as made famous by Peter Forsberg) — also known as "The Paralyzer" — in shootouts.
Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina HurricanesEdit
At the NHL trade deadline, on February 26, 2008, Jokinen was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist. Jokinen finished with 16 goals and 42 points.
On February 4, 2009, Jokinen was placed on waivers by the Lightning and later, on February 7, 2009, was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick. During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, on April 21, he scored the latest regulation game-winning goal in NHL playoff history, with 0.2 seconds remaining in the third period, as the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.
On June 29, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Jokinen to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million ($1.5 million in 2009–10 and $1.9 million in 2010–11). As of November 19, 2009, Jokinen had scored a total of 25 goals in 46 shootout attempts, with an impressive 54.3% success rate. Eight of those shootout goals were game-winners.
On March 26, 2013, Jokinen was placed on waivers by Hurricanes. On April 3, 2013, Jokinen was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2013. In his first game with the Penguins, Jokinen scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in regulation and tallied the only shootout goal for the team in a 2–1 victory over the New York Rangers. During the 2013–14 season, on October 8, 2013, Jokinen scored his first hat-trick with the Penguins in a 5–2 win over his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Jokinen enjoyed his most productive season since 2010, totaling 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games with the Penguins, playing alongside Evgeni Malkin for most of the season.
On July 1, 2014, as an unrestricted free agent, Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Florida Panthers. During his second season with the club, Jokinen scored 18 goals and 60 points, the second-best offensive output of his career. During 6 playoff games, Jokinen contributed 1 goal and 3 assists.
Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles KingsEdit
On June 30, 2017, following the 2016–17 season and with one-year remaining on his contract, Jokinen was bought out by the Florida Panthers. As a free agent, Jokinen agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 7, 2017. In the 2017–18 season, Jokinen struggled to find his role with the Oilers, adding just 1 assist in 14 games. On November 14, 2017, he was traded by the Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Michael Cammalleri. Jokinen recorded 1 goal and 4 assists in 18 games for the club.
Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver CanucksEdit
On January 16, 2018, Jokinen was placed on waivers by the Kings, and was then claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 17. On February 26, 2018, Jokinen and Tyler Motte were traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Thomas Vanek. As a result of this trade, Jokinen became the fourth player in NHL history, behind Dennis O'Brien, Dave McLlwain and Mark Arcobello to play for four different NHL teams in a single season.
Jokinen in 2008
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Regular season and playoffsEdit
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|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||46||6||10||16||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||18||1||4||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||14||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Kings place F Jokinen on waivers". TSN. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- "Blue Jackets Claim Veteran Forward Jussi Jokinen Off Waivers". NHL.com. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- "Canucks acquire Motte & Jokinen from Blue Jackets". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- "Blue Jackets acquire forward Thomas Vanek". ESPN.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.