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02-05-2013, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by zytz View Post
What does everyone think of Ristolainen? Just checked out the Feb rankings and he's currently falling around where we've been picking the last couple years... I like the guy a lot, curious what others think. I don't get involved heavily in prospects... but this is a guy I've noticed a couple times.
A guy with his size and his game, playing top minutes in a pro league at 18 years old isn't likely to bust, I know that much.

I don't know if he'll ever be an elite defenseman in the NHL, but even Aki Berg (who I've heard called Ristolainen's lowest possible potential) became a decent complimentary piece even though he never lived up to his draft position.

Ristolainen is a safe pick to be a physical top-4 defenseman with upside to boot. If we go with him in the mid-late first, especially considering the top-end pieces we already have and our lack of serious blueline talent in the prospect system, it'd be hard to complain about that.

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