2013 NHL Draft Talk Part VI: Continued draft day discussion -- rumors, picks, etc...
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06-27-2013, 04:25 AM
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Read the NHL.com article on Risto. Seems like he will be a workhorse defender also. According to the article he was logging between 25-30 mins a game as a 17 yr old in the Finnish league.
Flames-fan here, and also huge TPS-fan in FEL (where Ristolainen plays). Last season he was TPS's number one defender, after lockout-players like Shattenkirk, Russell and Martinez left and after TPS's defence was a flop. His time-on-ice average was 21.40 per game.
Here's some stats of his last year. He really developed from his first year in FEL and I have to say that he was our meanest defender in front of net. Pretty complete player: Good skater, checks pretty hard, first pass is good quality and he plays calm under pressure. First year in FEL he was pretty bad at positioning but last season he really developed in that area. Still he can do that better and also he could improve his blue line plays. He is calm with the puck when in his own zone but I see that he could play like that more in the blue line too. He truly has a good shot, so with a little trimming he can surely be good at that role too.
In future I see Ristolainen as a defender who plays hard and mean and at the same time his passing play and skating is at the high level. He isn't going to be primus motor or playmaker in the power play, more like a shooter with hard slapper and pretty good wrister too, which he should use more.
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