Oh say can JU-SSI. Yes Jussi Jokinen had a great playoff season last year, but he did not let it end there as he truly had a break out season. Before this season Jokinen was known as Mr. Shootout , because he has the best shootout percentage in the NHL and was perfect in 2005-2006.
This season Jokinen really stepped up his game during his first full season as a Hurricane. When the team was going through a rough patch in October and November, Jokinen was the most reliable scorer. Jokinen came off a season split between Tampa and Carolina that saw him only score 7 goals and assisted on 20 more for a total of 27 points. This season may have been his coming out party as he had scored 30 goals and tallied 35 assists for a total of 65 points and more than doubling his point total from 2008-2009. Jokinen’s career high in goals and points before this season were 17 goals and 48 points. Like always Jussi Jokinen was the leader in shootout statistics for the Hurricanes.
Next season with a healthy Eric Staal, Jokinen could provided that secondary scoring that gives Eric Staal the freedom to be the player he can be. The important thing to remember is that Jokinen is only 27 and has his best years ahead of him and hopefully they will continue to be in Carolina.