Pyorala was 28 when he came over. Rasmussen is 23 and has been getting better every year, much like Raffl. So you are hypothetically getting his prime years. Without having seen him play, I don't think they are looking at him necessarily as a scorer, but rather a bottom 6 guy that could provide some much needed size and could have some offensive upside.
That's pretty much what I figured and I did notice the age difference. I was just noticing Pyorala's last season in the SHL before making the jump and Rasmussen's this past season were almost identical.
I really do think his size will help him in the NHL though.
Anyone know if he's a good skater? I mean I saw that clip but that's all I've seen of him.
Saturday at noon on NHL network in America they have been airing replays from the night before of these CHL games. Hopefully we get this game.
During the Pryor interview posted a few days ago, the two guys hosting the show were surprisingly high on Goulbourne.
I watched part of a game with Goulbourne a few weeks ago. He's a good all around player. He does PK duty and hits, but he also gets his scoring changes. Goes to the net hard all the time, comes out of the corner decently.
I don't know how good he'll be, but they were very high on him as NHL material, and our scouts have been doing a good job. People complain about not taking Bjorkstrand, but they saw him lots, watching Leier, so if they passed, it's for a reason. Maybe because he's 165 lbs or something and they don't think he'll ever make it.
This could turn into something like the Rinaldo situation. The team kept saying they were high on him. HF kept ranking him outside the top 20 prospect list, even after he'd played 20 games in the NHL. LOL.
I'm sure that five years from now, when Goulbourne's a Flyer regular, killing penalties and fighting bigger guys, and Bjorkstrand has given up and is playing in Switzerland, people on here will still be whining about the pick....