He fights well in the corner and battles above his weight, gains ground with good understanding from my limited viewings mostly at the World Championships.
The one thing I can say is he better be careful with some of the ways he attacks the net, guys will punish you for some of the stuff he pulls over in Europe in the NHL. Eventually I really believe one of these late bloomers from Europe is going to push through kind of like PA or Marty did from lower levels of hockey. He has NHL speed and hands, it is how he reads the game when it speeds up and if he puts himself in knockout spots that worries me.
That will be one of the most important things in the learning process. It's coaches job to shed those self-destructive moves away.
I hope he fits in and what he has accomplished to date in his league and internationally shouldn't be thrown out. With that said when I watch a lot of his highlights if he thinks that will fly with big physical NHL d-men patrolling the middle he is in for some adjustment period. His speed and shot are NHL caliber, it is how he reads the game that will be telling. He preys upon the time and space he is given, that will not be there to the same degree in the NHL.
I agree. He has some great hands and speed, but there is no way he's cutting to the middle like that on NHL defenders. He'll get annihilated.
Speaking of numbers, when I checked out Filppula’s player page on the Wings’ website by looking at its roster page, the website reveals some “secrets” for those of you who are interested in buying jerseys:
• Jordin Tootoo will indeed wear #22 and Mikael Samuelsson will wear #37;
• Jonas Gustavsson’s slated to wear his customary #50;
• Damien Brunner’s slated to wear #24;
• And as of yet, Gustav Nyquist, who wore #89 in college, is still slated to wear #14.