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05-01-2013, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingPhilly View Post
I am confused. You question Risto's offensive upside when he already has above average skills there, but don't question Zadorov's offensive upside since he hasn't really shown anything offensively and is being used in more of a shutdown role? I don't get it.

Also, Risto has good skating, skills, and size as well, plus he is a right-handed shot.
I'm guess I'm not seeing where Ristolainen has put up impressive offensive numbers. I know it's more of defensive oriented game in Finland, but even so, I'd like to see some more production there to show the potential is there. With that said, he does seem to have the raw skills (stick handling/shot/skating) to produce. Some question his defensive awareness...big minus player. Plus, I add a risk point for being a euro, where it isn't yet known how his game will translate to the North American game.

Don't get me wrong...I like him, but I am just leaning toward some of the other D men in the draft before him on my list.

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