Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bleacher Report critiques Janne

One of our readers (Damian) sends this link.

2. Janne Pesonen- Ninth round, 269th overall in 2004 by Anaheim, Karpat (FNL), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)

Pesonen was signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh this past offseason, and the team expected big things from him. Unfortunately, Pesonen did not pan out in the NHL just yet, but he is doing just fine in the AHL thus far with 35 points in 32 games. Janne played six games with the NHL club this season, but failed to register a point, and only managed to put up a minus-3 rating.

Sportsnet states that Pesonen “is creative with the puck and capable of setting up his linemates with deft passes.” Scouts love his skating ability, which is usually a plus with European hockey players.

His downsides, however, are that he is not physical enough, and afraid to be physical, which shows in the offensive zone. One could easily expect that with Pesonen’s size at 5’11 185 pounds. Because of this, his defense suffers. Pesonen must get up the courage to play rough in the corners if he wants to play in the NHL, or he will be torn up like a piece of paper.

Verdict: Pesonen could be a second line wing, but he still has much to improve on.

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