Is he still in our system? Just watched Finland's EHT-game and he was a beast! He's a big (6 '4, 227), heavy hitting player that has the ability to score goals too. When I watched him play, I couldn't help but think he's something we'd need in our team...
Yes he's still in our system. Before he left we qualified him, thereby making him our property. He could certainly be a useful player if his skating has improved at all. Somewhat shocked he has stuck in the KHL on the bigger ice.
He could certainly be a useful player if his skating has improved at all.
He's not fast but didn't look slow either. He played against some good NHLers (Krejci, Plekanec, Frolik, etc...) and didn't look out of place at all.
Here are the highlights of the game. After just 10 seconds into the video, Osala absolutely crushes Frolik. Right after that you can see his goal. In 1:25 he assists Pihström's SH goal after delivering 2 good hits (which aren't included in the video ) in the offensive zone.
I still think he'll be able to find a niche as a bottom 6er in the NHL if ever comes back over. I'd be more comfortable giving one of those slots to him rather than the disappointments in Welsh and Riley Nash, who look like career journeymen AHLers at this point.
I'd be more comfortable giving one of those slots to him rather than the disappointments in Welsh and Riley Nash, who look like career journeymen AHLers at this point.
I really have seen so little of Welsh, but for those that have, is it fair to categorize him as a career journeyman AHLer after ~25 professional games? Not disputing that statement, I just haven't seen him at all to know so I am curious.
I wasn't overly impressed with him during the small sample I did see so I can understand the sentiment, but it was a very small sample.