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02-05-2013, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
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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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