Article from Seravalli about the Flyers possibly trying to acquire Kesler and/or Edler.
as are all the beat writers. I mean, just dumb human beings. I feel embarrassed for Pinnaccio whenever I see him speak, read anything he writes, or when he tries to be witty on twitter.
great depth on this team
How would the Flyers roster would look if if they were missing the equivalent of Hartnell Voracek Coburn and Timmonen?
the breathers love them some Raffl
i think he's been pretty good, but they are probably basing that off of "Cheif" Berube saying that he thinks Raffl will be a top level NHL scorer.
i don't think so
It's better than Bill Meltzer who all the breathers at PSF adore for some reason writing this little tidbit of douchery
Some of the more optimistic Flyers forecasters have compared Raffl to Swiss forward Damien Brunner. With all due respect to them, I don't think they have ever seen Raffl play firsthand. I have. I've seen Raffl play about a half dozen times between the Worlds and streams of Viasat broadcasts of Allsvenkan games.
While I think Raffl has a skill set that makes him a viable candidate to be an NHL role player -- and someone who could do quite well for himself in the AHL -- I do not view him as a player who is as gifted offensively as Brunner. I don't know if there's top-six upside in Raffl.
A better comparison player is former Flyers forward Mika Pyörälä. The Finnish national team veteran was a late-bloomer who became a productive scorer in European elite leagues as well as a solid defensive player. He came to the Flyers on a one-year contract in 2009-10. In my July 14, 2009 blog, I wrote of Pyörälä, "He's been a fine two-way player over the course of his European career, and he's a regular on the Finnish national team. In the NHL, I see him as a defensively solid player but not much of a point producer. He's a good skater and has NHL-caliber offensive instincts, but lacks a consistent finish touch. What you will see him do is backcheck diligently and show discipline with and without the puck. He may be able to eventually become a solid penalty killer."