malkins-shoulder wrote:Many people are saying that J Pesonen is a hit or miss signing. Meaning either forty goal scorer or hes back to the Finnish League. So that leads me to ask what if he turns into an Erik Christensen type player where the skills an attributes are clearly there and you see glimpses of an all-star(at times), but its not on a consistence basis and we are continually lead on by the player. I for years believed EC would develop into a forty goal scoring wing with the wrist shot he possessed and the stand handling that he had. Obviously this didnt pan out which brings me to my next question. How would EC fair in the Finnish league with much less hitting and a more open surface? I can see the gold helmet being worn by this man. Thoughts on the comparison or EC in that league?
If Pesonen turns into EC, maybe Shero can find a way to package him for Gaborik, like how he turned the real EC into Hossa
Pesonen is hit or miss because he doesn't look like (from his stats and youtube) he would fit as a 3rd liner. We've seen how nice it is to have a strong grinding 3rd line that can play solid d, maintain puck possession, and score every once in a while. Pesonen does not appear to be that (I may be wrong). If he can't contribute solid time on the first 2 lines, he isn't much good to us and becomes one of those filler guys MT has to deal with placing on a nightly basis.
The best part about getting rid of EC and Colby besides Hossa was the fact that it allowed MT to put consistent lines together. He didn't have 4 maybes to put on the first line with Sid. I don't think it would be smart to give MT a bunch of maybes again and get the carousel of players on Sid's wing.