Isles activate Joensuu from IR


The New York Islanders have added a lineup reinforcement prior to the trade deadline.

On Wednesday morning, the club announced forward Jesse Joensuu had been activated from injured reserve, meaning he’s now eligible to make his 2013 debut.

The 25-year-old Finn has missed the entire season after suffered a sports hernia while playing in Finland’s SM-liiga during the lockout, an injury that required surgery and landed him on the Isles’ suspension list.

(Under lockout rules, teams that had players injured playing overseas were allowed to suspend them without pay upon the resumption of play. The Isles exercised their option to do so with Joenssu, and fellow forward Josh Bailey.)

Joensuu hasn’t played for the Isles since the 2010-11 season, when he scored 6G-3A-9PTS in 42 games.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound winger has some solid physical attributes and flourished playing with Assat during the work stoppage, scoring 25 points in 24 games.