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Islanders and Joensuu Agree to Terms

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Finnish right wing prospect Jesse Joensuu on a three-year entry level contract that will begin with the 2008-09 season. Drafted in the second round (60th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Joensuu is coming off a breakout season for Assat Pori of the Finnish Elite League where he led his team with 17 goals with 18 assists for 35 points in 56 games.

Playing for his hometown team in Pori, Finland for the past four seasons, the 20-year old Joensuu (pronounced yo-EN-su) has already played in over 200 professional games in his native Finland. In that time, he has scored a total of 43 goals with 44 assists for 87 points.

“We are excited to have Jesse signed as an official member of the New York Islanders organization,” said Ryan Jankowski, the Islanders assistant general manager and Director of Amateur Scouting. “We have seen Jesse’s commitment and improvement since drafting him and along with his talent, Jesse brings to our franchise many aspects we are looking for in future Islanders.”

Joensuu (6-4, 207 pounds) has played in the last three World Junior Championships for Finland and scored four goals with three assists for seven points in 19 games since 2005. He has also participated in the team’s previous two off-season rookie camps, as he will this upcoming summer as well, and both training camps since being drafted.

“The Islanders have worked with me every step of the way since they drafted me two years ago and have really helped my development,” said Joensuu. “Now that we have agreed on a contract, I’m very excited about starting my career in the Islanders organization and playing in North America.”

Added Jankowski: “Jesse is a skilled winger with great size and versatility. He is a high-character person and has always shown a commitment to better himself as a player both on and off the ice. He skates well straight ahead, generating good speed and complementing his skill level to be very dangerous on the rush and in the offensive zone.”

Season

Team

Lge

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

 

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2003-04

Assat Pori

FNL

6

0

0

0

0

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

Assat Pori (JR)

FIN Jr

28

7

9

16

18

 

-

-

-

-

-

2004

Finland

WJC-18

4

0

0

0

6

 

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Assat Pori

FNL

39

1

1

2

4

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

Assat Pori (JR)

FIN Jr

13

7

8

15

14

 

-

-

-

-

-

2005

Finalnd

WJC

6

1

0

1

2

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

Finland

WJC-18

6

2

1

4

0

 

-

-

-

-

-

2005-06

Assat Pori

FNL

51

4

8

12

57

 

14

0

2

2

12

2006

Finland

WJC

7

2

2

4

8

 

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Assat Pori

FNL

52

9

17

26

74

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

Assat Pori (JR)

FIN Jr

5

2

1

3

6

 

-

-

-

-

-

2007-08

Assat Pori

FNL

56

17

18

35

89

 

-

-

-

-

-




 


 


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