Marcus Jonasen

Hometown:

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1984-04-23

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

3rd Round (81st Overall), 2002

Weight:

220 lbs.

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History

There was a serious possibility that Marcus Jonasen could have gone undrafted in 2002, as his Central Scouting final ranking of 131st among European skaters would indicate. The Rangers wound up selecting him in the 3rd round, 81st overall. The Rangers grabbed the big winger out of the 3rd Swedish league, playing for Vasteras. Last year, Jonasen moved up a level and played for the Hammarby Junior 20 team in the Super Elite league. Instead of sticking around in Sweden for the 2003-04 campaign, Jonasen decided to make the trek to North America this season after the Tri City Americans selected him fifth overall in the 2003 CHL Import Draft. Jonasen has had an up and down season with Tri City. A crowning achievement would be the fact that he is currently Tri City’s Captain, in only his freshman CHL season. However, a serious ankle injury kept him out of action for 29 games and prevented him from hitting his stride offensively. Tri City is currently beginning it’s playoff run and Jonasen should be a big part of their success, should they have it.

Talent Analysis
He's still extremely raw but the potential is there to become a power forward in the NHL. He's got excellent size at 6'4 220 lbs and uses it to his advantage. He drives to the net hard and plays a powerful style of game. For such a big guy, his skating is actually above average and his hands make him a dangerous goal scorer in close. Jonasen is obviously a very strong leader, judged from the fact he is the captain of the Tri City Americans. His offensive game requires more consistency, however the potential to be an NHL winger is evident.