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Report: Flyers, Preds battling to sign Austrian prospect

May 29, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Raffl

Philadelphia and Nashville are in a bidding war.

Again.

This time, though, the stakes aren’t as high as the $110 million for Shea Weber — instead, they’re for an Austrian winger named Michael Raffl.

Raffl, according to CSN Philly, is in hot demand after a standout season with Leksands IF of the Allsvenskan (Swedish second division).

Flyers scout Dave Brown went over to the World Championships to scout Raffl, who was playing for Team Austria. Brown was impressed with Raffl’s bite and ability to raise his game.

“You have to almost project how are they going to play in North America and will they compete physically or not,” said Brown. “He showed it. Somebody gives him a push and gives them a crosscheck back

“For me, really, are they competitive? You want to see if a guy gives him a shot he’ll do it back.”

It’s believed the Flyers and Predators are the two teams closest to signing the 24-year-old Raffl, according to Swedish newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar.

Raffl led Leksands with 24 goals and 46 points this season (of note, Leksands was the same team ’12 first-round pick Filip Forsberg played for this season), but it’s believed interest really piqued at the Worlds, where Raffl played on a line with Buffalo standout Tomas Vanek and scored two points in an 8-4 loss to Russia.

(Image courtesy Leksands.se)

  1. spochiefsfan - May 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Editor taking the day off, huh?

  2. operwapitsai - May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I thought there was a new verb starting. to be raffl’ed

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - May 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    So, whichever team signs him wins the Raffl? DOOOOOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOOOO!

  4. ironyisadeadscene - May 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    “Somebody gives him a push and gives them a crosscheck back”

    Ahh yes, Flyers hockey

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Well it’s somewhat odd to see a European with a little “bite” to his game. I think the Bruins have showed over the past few years that a combination of physicality and skill can still get it done. And players like Hartnell, Simmonds, and Schenn have been pretty successful with that style as well.

    • laxman1944 - May 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Unreal…..it’s almost 30 years ago……30!!!’….give it a rest already

  5. drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    flyers will overpay and he will be a dud.

    • biasedhomer - May 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Like Matt Read? People said he was overpaid for too.
      These things are gambles, it can go either way, no one can predict the results.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - May 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    According to Bill Meltzer, Raffl has signed with the Flyers.

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