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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.

Jussi Jokinen
Jussi Jokinen 2013-12-21.JPG
With the Penguins in December 2013
Born (1983-04-01) April 1, 1983 (age 35)
Kalajoki, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre/Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Columbus Blue Jackets
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 192nd overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2001–present

Jokinen is of no relation to former NHL player Olli Jokinen, but has a younger brother, Juho, who also plays ice hockey. Jokinen is widely considered a shootout and faceoff specialist in the NHL.[1]

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Playing careerEdit

Dallas StarsEdit

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.[2][3] Until being stopped by Vesa Toskala, he was a remarkable nine-for-nine in shootouts before his first unsuccessful attempt.[3] 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.

 
Jokinen with the Hurricanes in 2009.

On November 16, 2007, Jokinen scored four goals against the Colorado Avalanche in a 6–1 win.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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).[7] 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.[8]

Jokinen re-signed with his former Finnish club Kärpät during the 2012–13 NHL lockout and committed himself to remain with the club until the resumption of the NHL season in January 2013.[9]

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.

Florida PanthersEdit

On July 1, 2014, as an unrestricted free agent, Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Florida Panthers.[12] 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.[13] As a free agent, Jokinen agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 7, 2017.[14] 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.[15] 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,[16] and was then claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 17.[17] On February 26, 2018, Jokinen and Tyler Motte were traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Thomas Vanek.[18] 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.[19]

International playEdit

 
Jokinen in 2008
Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
  2006 Turin
  2014 Sochi
World Championships
  2016 Russia
  2006 Latvia
  2008 Canada
World Junior Championships
  2002 Czech Republic
  2003 Canada
World U18 Championships
  2001 Finland

Jokinen has played for the Finnish national team in multiple tournaments, including the 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympics, winning a silver and bronze medal.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–2000 Kärpät FIN U18 15 6 25 31 14 6 2 3 5 0
1999–2000 Kärpät FIN Jr 28 4 7 11 14
2000–01 Kärpät FIN U18 1 2 1 3 0
2000–01 Kärpät FIN Jr 48 18 31 49 69 6 2 1 3 0
2001–02 Kärpät FIN Jr 2 4 1 5 0 1 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 54 10 6 16 38 4 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 51 14 23 37 10 15 2 1 3 33
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 55 15 23 38 20 15 3 4 7 6
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 56 23 24 47 24 12 3 4 7 2
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 17 38 55 30 5 2 1 3 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 82 14 34 48 18 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 52 14 14 28 14
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 2 12 14 4
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 6 10 16 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 25 1 10 11 12 18 7 4 11 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 30 35 65 36
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 70 19 33 52 24
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 12 34 46 54
2012–13 Kärpät SM-l 21 7 14 21 10
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 6 5 11 18
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 7 4 11 6 8 0 3 3 4
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 21 36 57 18 13 7 3 10 10
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 81 8 36 44 34
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 81 18 42 60 42 6 1 3 4 4
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 69 11 17 28 39
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 0 1 1 2
2017–18 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 1 4 5 4
2017–18 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 14 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 4 6 10 2
Liiga totals 237 69 90 159 102 46 9 9 18 41
NHL totals 951 191 372 563 377 54 17 15 32 20

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WHC17 9th 3 1 3 4 4
2001 Finland WJC18   6 2 0 2 2
2002 Finland WJC   7 2 6 8 2
2003 Finland WJC   7 6 2 8 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 7 0 1 1 2
2006 Finland OG   8 1 3 4 2
2006 Finland WC   9 2 6 8 2
2008 Finland WC   9 1 3 4 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 2 1 3 20
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 5 4 9 8
2014 Finland OG   6 2 3 5 0
2016 Finland WC   10 3 7 10 2
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 23 11 11 22 10
Senior totals 77 19 37 56 42

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Penguins acquire Jussi Jokinen for pick". National Hockey League. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. ^ Kevin Allen (January 31, 2006). "Shootout is Jokinen's specialty". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
  3. ^ a b "Star not lost without shootout". CBC.ca. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
  4. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/200711160DAL.html
  5. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Hurricanes acquire Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  6. ^ "Wild finish has Devils, 'Canes all tied up". National Hockey League. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  7. ^ "Canes Agree to Terms with Jokinen on Two-Year Deal". carolinahurricanes.com. 2009-06-29. Archived from the original on 2009-07-01.
  8. ^ "Jokinen's deft shootout skills set him apart". National Hockey League. 2009-11-19. Archived from the original on 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  9. ^ "Jussi Jokinen signs new contract with Karpat". Rotowire. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
  10. ^ Rossi, Rob (April 3, 2013). "Penguins add Carolina forward Jokinen". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  11. ^ "Endgame: Penguins 2, Rangers 1 (SO)". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  12. ^ "Florida Panthers sign six free agents". Miami Herald. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  13. ^ "Panthers buy out Jussi Jokinen". NBC Miami. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  14. ^ "Oilers sign Jokinen to one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  15. ^ "Oilers Acquire Mike Cammalleri for Jussi Jokinen". Copper and Blue. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  16. ^ "Kings place F Jokinen on waivers". TSN. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Blue Jackets Claim Veteran Forward Jussi Jokinen Off Waivers". NHL.com. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Canucks acquire Motte & Jokinen from Blue Jackets". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Blue Jackets acquire forward Thomas Vanek". ESPN.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.

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