One of the best defensemen of his age group, Ristolainen is a top-prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is a calm player with good two-way ability and a mature style of play, though his defensive awareness still needs work. Ristolainen moves the puck with confidence and though he's not a big-time hitter, he plays the body and likes to get physical in front of the net. He also has good mobility. Ristolainen has an excellent frame and has gained a lot of strength while playing in SM-liiga. He is good with the puck and solid defensively, but has also displayed ability to work the powerplay.
I'll save my judgement on this for the Flyers' organization. I think we need offense, and we have some more proven offensive options from the point in this draft.
Passing on Zadorov for Pulock could be a mistake, but I'm really not entirely confident in either.
I want Nurse.
I will say however that Zadorov is a fantastic defenseman. I don't know if he can control the flow of the game with the puck like we need though. He can control it with his body for sure, but we don't need another Schenn.
Zadorov reminds me of your typical stay-at-home defenseman - big/physical/good wheels/good puck skills/good awareness/etc. He looks great right now because he has all the basic skills that make a pro a pro. He's NHL ready similar to Schenn, Orpik, Staal, Regehr, Jackman, and Volchenkov, (all first round picks.)
Pulock's penalty minute totals have me worried, though. He has a combined 48 penalty minutes through three complete WHL seasons, and two post-seasons. I feel like all the great defensemen come with an edge that's evident in their junior careers. Pietrangelo, Doughty, Keith, Weber, they all want to be the best on the ice; when they're not, they take offense to it. Then you have Bouwmeester who has all the talent in the world with hardly any of the edge.
Nurse has it all. He has awareness, nastiness, good wheels, size, and his offensive game has really turned on. What's even more promising is his situation next season. His head coach, Sheldon Keefe, challenges all his players to work as hard as they physically can. It's paid off with Cousins, a third-round pick. Can you imagine what's going to happen with a full offseason to train, and all the PPTOI he can had with Sproul heading to the Red Wings? Yeah...