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05-31-2013, 11:51 AM
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Flyers sign Michael Raffl (LW) and Maxim Lamarche (D) to three-year deals

Michael Raffl ( )
  • Left Wing
  • Born Dec 1 1988
  • Height 6.00
  • Weight 192
  • Shoots L

Maxim Lamarche ( )
  • Defense
  • Born Jul 11 1992 -- Laval, PQ
  • Height 6.03
  • Weight 218
  • Shoots R

Philadelphia Flyers ‏@NHLFlyers
NEWS ALERT: Flyers sign Michael Raffl and Maxim Lamarche. The team believes Raffl is #NHL ready

The Flyers began their offseason roster modifications by signing a pair of undrafted free agents to entry-level contracts, one of which could land on the NHL roster.

They inked Austrian left wing Michael Raffl and Canadian defenseman Maxim Lamarche to three-year deals.

Raffl, 24, was sought after by several teams, but ultimately it came down to the Flyers and the Nashville Predators.

The Flyers won out, signing Raffl after seeing him play for Austria in the World Championships. He had a standout game against Russia, a team loaded with NHL-caliber talent, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

“Both (Director of Player Personnel) Dave Brown and myself as well as (European Scout) Ilkka (Sinisalo) saw him at the World Championships and he’s a good player,” said Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor. “You noticed him over there. He’s got skill. He thinks the game. He’s a versatile guy and can do a lot of different things.”

The Flyers staff were so impressed with his game that they feel like he could break camp with the big club in the Fall assuming he assimilates well to the North American game.

“He’s a good player, who we think can be NHL ready,” Pryor said. “There’s going to be a learning curve, but he’s got enough in his game to be able to make that adjustment rather quickly.”

The Flyers hope Raffl can have a similar impact as Damien Brunner did for the Detroit Red Wings.

Brunner, 27, was a first-year NHL player after playing for a decade in Switzerland. In his first season, Brunner finished with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 44 games.

Raffl was playing for Leskands IF in Leskand, Sweden, which has been a member of the HockeyAllsvenskan, the country’s second-highest professional league.

He led his team with 24 goals and 46 points this past season as the team won the regular season title and as a result earned a promotion to the Swedish Elite League for next season.

There’s no doubt Raffl is a bit of a late bloomer, but he caught the attention of NHL scouts this season in Sweden and capped it with a fine world championship tournament.
NHL ready, nice.

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