Sports Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won't play with McDavid, but set for promising line with Jokinen and Puljujarvi

16:37  11 september  2017
16:37  11 september  2017 Source:   Edmonton Journal

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Sign In Sign Out. Subscribe. Ryan Nugent - Hopkins won ' t play with McDavid , but set for promising line with Jokinen and Puljujarvi . Chiarelli placed Jesse Puljujarvi and Jussi Jokinen on RNH’s wings on that line .

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins © Justin Edmonds Ryan Nugent-Hopkins This in from Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, his confirmation about the Oilers lines and defence pairings heading into training camp, and his take on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ role as a third line centre.

Earlier this week, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli set out the opening line-up in an interview with TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

In his own interview with ace commentator Bob Stauffer of the Oilers, McLellan said RNH won’t be starting the year on a line with Connor McDavid, but will centre his own line. Chiarelli placed Jesse Puljujarvi and Jussi Jokinen on RNH’s wings on that line.

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As for RNH playing with McDavid, McLellan said: “I don’t think you ever want to close the door on any option. I would say it is an option. It’s something that we’ve discussed, but not very much in depth right now. Nuge will start at centre. I feel comfortable with him at centre. I trust him down the centre ice position. I think he’s going to gave a tremendous year. He knows that he’s allowed to take a little more risk now and and look for a little more offence. There has to be others on that line he trusts on that defensively at some given point. But I would say never rule out anything, we did have him on the wing at the World Cup last year and he was very good at it, but I think his home position right now is centre ice and that’s where we’ll start him.”

McLellan also discussed playing sophomore Jesse Puljujarvi on the same line with Finnish countryman Jussi Jokinen, the 34-year-old veteran signed who most recently played for the Florida Panthers: “There’s a really good chance that that could happen as early as training camp. Jussi is a very bright man He’s been around the league a long, long time. He’s had some ups and downs himself. He’s always been able to been able to pull himself out of the down time. My dealing with him, he reminds me a lot of Mark Letestu. He’s got kind of that mature coach’s mind to him and that would be a great role model for Jesse to be around. Jesse has still got to worry about his game and come in and play, but I think he’s got someone to look over to now and ask questions, and in turn Jussi can tell Jesse to relax and have good body language and keep working and keep working. we hope the too of them can compliment each other.”  

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My take
1. Jokinen is indeed a smart, positional defensive winger and centre, a Swiss Army knife type player, a glue player who should be able to help RNH do the heavy lifting on defence and also bolster Puljujarvi’s game. Jokinen is not any kind of burner out there, but he reads the game well, both offensively and defensively. If RNH goes on a daring attack with Puljujarvi, Jokinen can be counted on to cover for them. Perhaps RNH didn’t always have that comfort with previous teammates, hence McLellan’s comment related to RNH trusting (or distrusting) other player defensively in the past. It’s fair to say Jordan Eberle at times struggled on defence, as did Benoit Pouliot, two common recent linemates for RNH.

2. Chiarelli has previously mentioned Puljujarvi’s frustrations at not scoring in the NHL and AHL as much as he would have liked last year. It’s evident there was some “bad body language” issues there that the Oilers want to correct, having Puljujarvi learn to keep hustling and focused no matter if things are going well offensively or not. It’s even more clear that the Oilers see Jokinen helping Puljujarvi keep on an even keel in this regard. So, sum up here, the Oilers see Jokinen as a key signing partly for his intangibles, helping free up RNH on the attack and keeping young Puljujariv’s head screwed on right.

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3. RNH does indeed need to attack with more gusto, especially in the slot area. Too often he settled for an outside shot last year instead of using his speed and stickhandling to attempt a more daring but higher percentage attack into the slot. RNH used to be more of that player who would challenge defencemen and take the puck onto the kill floor, but he lost edge that somewhat the last two seasons.

4. With Jokinen as the glue on the third line, RNH and Puljujarvi could work well together as attackers, the left shot centre setting up the right-shot winger with a fast and deadly shot. As third line NHL units go, this is an extremely promising one heading into the regular season.

5. We’ll see how this third line goes. Jokinen and Puljujarvi just might be the right linemates to supercharge RNH’s offensive game again. If not, however, and before the Oilers make any decision on RNH’s future, I’d love to see him play 500 even strength minutes this year on a line with McDavid or Draisaitl. Other Oilers attackers have had that choice role, with some thriving and some failing and some doing a bit of both. Before the final call is made on RNH’s future with the Oilers it’d be great to see how he does in such a role. What if he turns out to be the perfect winger for McDavid or Draisaitl?

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