2013 NHL Draft Part 3 (Flyers own the 11th overall pick)
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04-25-2013, 11:44 AM
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Is Risto a physical guy? I have heard a lot about his game but I don't remember hearing if he is physical or not. It wouldn't influence my picking him because I think the Flyers are physical enough on the blueline (Schenn, Grossmann, potentially Lauridsen on the bottom pair).
Risto is a physical defender and he's also got a mean streak. Now, he won't go out of his way to run over someone, but he's incredibly smart as to when to use the body or lower the boom. As mentioned, he's got a mean streak though and usually if throws a good hit early in the game, that mean streak can become incredibly pronounced.
Desjardins was very similar in that he was physical when he needed to be and he also had a mean streak as well. Desjardins was more stick work mean than Risto. I have to admit, the more I watch Risto and the more I see him play against men in Finland and how he holds his own, the more I warm up to the idea of him being a Flyer.
I think because I watch the North Americans more, I have a tendency to be more biased. I'd really love to do some European scouting because I think it really it is a bit of a different experience in terms of how players develop and a lot of the Elite leagues the kids play in, they're already facing men and holding their own.
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