Philadelphia Flyers Could Be Eyeing Rasmus Ristolainen Or Darnell Nurse At NHL Draft
The Philadelphia Flyers own the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and are in position to draft a high-impact/near-NHL-ready player. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports the club may have an eye on a “tough” defenseman like Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland) or Darnell Nurse (OHL). However, Nurse and/or Ristolainen may not be available by the 11th selection. If they aren’t available ESPN Insider/NHL scout Grant Sonier suggests another imposing defenseman Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips (WHL) may also suit the Flyers.
Sonier says “Mueller is a big, elite, smooth-skating D-man, he has an excellent first pass that will help the Flyers get the puck out of their own end and to the firepower up front. I don’t think Mueller really knows how good he can become, but over time I see him playing in the top-two parings. His transitional game, lateral mobility and puck-retrieving are all dimensional, and when he physically matures, he has a chance to be one of the top players out of this draft class. Added strength is needed, but that can be addressed easily enough at the pro level.”
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