Selected 79th overall by the Oil in the 2002 Draft. He left college after year 3 to pursue a pro career and that's where things went downhill.
He got a few chances in the AHL but played most of the next 3 years with the GRRRROWWWLLLLL. Those three years and whatever money came with it dried up, and so he left for Germany. He had an "okay" season with them, 8th in team scoring but beat out by a bunch of no-namers and a 5'6" Norwegian.
South Korea! Anyways, the season doesn't seem to have started yet and I doubt he's the property of the Oil yet... but I sense a comeback. Or at least his new roster picture makes me want him to come back to North America!
Random fact: It's the same team Esa played for as well as Petr Nedved's brother!