Jesse Joensuu was happy with the effort but disappointed in the loss. The Edmonton Oilers winger had an impressive debut for his new team scoring a goal in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. “It’s tough to lose” Joensuu said. “I’m happy that I played but it’s tough to lose it’s really frustrating.” Joensuu was one of the Oilers’ better forwards on the night playing just over 14 minutes on a line with Boyd Gordon and Nail Yakupov. He nearly set up Yakupov with a behind-the-back pass in the first period then netted a power-play marker in the second. Not having started either of the Oilers power-play units Joensuu was rewarded with power-power play time as the game wore on. “I liked his game and bad on me I should have gotten him on the ice more” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “The first thing I said when I came into the room is that I should have gotten Jesse on the ice more. He played a hard hard game for us and we need more of that. “He was physical he went to the net made some plays with the puck recognized danger and we need that to rub off on the group.” Signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders in the off-season Joensuu had a strong training camp.
Eakins liked forward Jesse Joensuu's tough play in home opener
Edmonton Sun | Oct 2