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Jokinen netted his third goal of the season in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Kings.

If not for the Preds' highly impressive start to the season, Jokinen would probably warrant more attention for his horrid season to this point. He's recorded just five points in 37 games, terrible even by the standards of a third liner. Still, there seems to be some hope that he might break out of his season-long slumber, as he's three of his points have come in the last two games. And just as encouragingly, he's attempted nine shots during that stretch, which represents over 13 percent of his total for the season.

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Jokinen collected his first two assists of the season Tuesday in a win over the Blues.

Yep, he'd gone 35 games without an assist (and just two goals in that span) before getting the primary assists on goals by Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque on Tuesday. There are precious few fantasy formats in which it's worth taking a shot on Jokinen at this point in his career.

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Jokinen recorded his second goal of the season in Thursday's game against the Sharks.

On a Predators squad chock-full of overachievers and reliable performers, Jokinen qualifies as one of the bigger disappointments. After submitting a 40-point season for the Jets a season earlier, Jokinen has just two points through 28 contests. Unsurprisingly, he's seen his average ice time drop over two and a half minutes from a season ago.

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Jokinen finally picked up his first point of the year Thursday, scoring a third-period goal in a 3-2 loss to the Senators.

Jokinen -- a 43-point man last year -- couldn't get the monkey off his back 'til his 19th game of the season, a brutal stretch that likely got him cut in most fantasy leagues where he was owned. Don't count on Jokinen's scoring to rebound suddenly, as he's been seeing sharply reduced ice time and seems unlikely to earn his way back into the top six right now.

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Jokinen's season-long pointless drought continued Tuesday, as he was one of only three Nashville skaters to be held off the scoresheet during the Preds' 9-2 drubbing of the Maple Leafs.

You know your guy is having a rough time when he can't even post a measley assist on a night when his team ties a franchise record for most goals in a game. Jokinen's best days are clearly behind him, but even his biggest detractors would have predicted something close to the 43-point season he put up last year with Winnipeg. Given his current futility streak, however, he won't come anywhere close to that number this season. For fantasy purposes, avoid this guy like the plague.

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Jokinen has zero points in five games for the Predators so far this season.

Jokinen was one of three fairly high-profile free agent signings by the Preds during the summer, joining Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro as a trio of veteran forwards who were supposed to jump-start the team's offense this season. However, Jokinen has thus far struggled out of the gate, playing primarily on the team's third line. Unless coach Peter Laviolette shuffles his lines and puts Jokinen in more of a scoring role, it's tough to see him making much of a fantasy impact. For now, put him on your bench until he can find a way to right the ship.

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Veteran center Olli Jokinen says he decided to join the Nashville Predators as a free agent because of their new coach's offensive-minded approach.

Peter Laviolette purshed for Nashville to pursue the 35-year-old. "Obviously with the excitement and the passion about the game and ideas of how he (Laviolette) was going to coach this team, that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here," Jokinen said. "Speaking with him, I got excited. I wanted to start playing tomorrow." Jokinen has never played for Laviolette, though his best years in Florida came when Laviolette was a divisional foe as the Carolina Hurricanes' coach. "I think playing against his teams, as a player you were like 'I'd love to play for this guy. I'd love to play for his teams,' " Jokinen said. "His teams have always been high-tempo with good skating and they create a lot of chances and a lot of offense. At the same time his teams were hard to play against. They were very organized and stuck with their game plans." Jokinen had 18 goals and 25 assists last season in 82 games with the Jets.

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There is a good chance that Olli Jokinen could be the Predators number one center this upcoming season.

If that should come to pass, he would almost certainly play alongside newly-acquired James Neal which would increase his fantasy value from what it was last season. Nashville GM David Poile alluded to the possiblity of Jokinen skating on the top line. "Arguably you could say we are putting him in a more important position than he has been in the past couple of years," Poile said. Keep an eye on how the Preds use Jokinen in training camp.

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Nashville feels the addition of Olli Jokinen gives them roster flexibility.

GM David Poile envisions using him at center, but he notes that Jokinen can play on the wing as well. He can contribute offensively and he provides leadership. "With all the young players we have here, I think adding that veteran forward presence was the right thing to do," Poile said. "I was in full concert with Peter Laviolette on this decision."

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Olli Jokinen has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Jokinen is far from an ideal choice to serve as a top-line center at this stage of his career, but the 35-year-old was serviceable with the Jets last season. He had 43 points and 62 penalty minutes in 82 games in 2013-14. If the Predators end up putting Jokinen on the same line as James Neal, which is entirely possible given their options, then Jokinen might surpass the 50-point mark.