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Flyers win Raffl raffle

May 31, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Flyers got their man.

On Friday, the club announced it had reached an agreement with Michael Raffl, an Austrian forward they were pursing along with a number of other NHL teams.

“Both [Director of Player Personnel] Dave Brown and myself as well as [European Scout] Ilkka [Sinisalo] saw him at the World Championships and he’s a good player,” said Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor. “You noticed him over there. He’s got skill. He thinks the game.

“He’s a versatile guy and can do a lot of different things.”

Raffl, 24, led Swedish second division outfit 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).

It’s believed interest in Raffl really piqued at the 2013 World Hockey Championships, where Raffl represented Team Austria. He raised some eyebrows late in the tourney by playing on a line with Buffalo standout Tomas Vanek and scoring two points in an 8-4 loss to Russia.

“He’s a good player, who we think can be NHL ready,” Pryor said. “There’s going to be a learning curve, but he’s got enough in his game to be able to make that adjustment rather quickly.”

The Nashville Predators were believed to be the other team in hot pursuit of Raffl. According to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, the Flyers will have to buy out the final year of Raffl’s contact with Leksands.

Also on Friday, the Flyers announced they reached an agreement with QMJHL Baie-Comeau defenseman Maxim Lamarche.

Lamarche, 20, went undrafted but had 43 points in 53 games this year, helping Baie-Comeau advance to the Quebec league finals.

  1. bardown66 - May 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    The penguins signed that stiff pesonin or whatever his name was a few years ago. These guys always seem to disappoint. Ex. Radulov, tuomo ruutu.

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      example in the opposite direction: Damien Brunner

      • bardown66 - May 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        True, that seems to be the exception to the rule. I mean, they don’t get much more incompetent than radulov.

      • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        true, and I can’t think of a lot of other guys signed out of europe that have really paid off. we shall see.

      • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        sorry for starting my comment with “true” also. now we BOTH look too agreeable to be hockey fans.

    • devilsarethebest - May 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Radulov is an incredible talent, on the level of OV, but he just doesn’t want to play in the US.

      • bardown66 - May 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        He came across as a lazy jerk compared to his team mates in Nashville. He may be talented, but even OV should be insulted to be compared to that. I don’t believe in euro player stereotypes, but players like radulov are where they originate.

    • mrpinkca - May 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      There are lots of un-drafted players who go on and have excellent NHL careers. There are also lots of drafted ones who never even make it to the AHL. That’s sort of how sports work.

  2. jjregan21 - May 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    That’s cool, but I don’t think the European Pillow fight league isn’t a good place to develop a 24 year old to take NHL status hits. Hope he proves me wrong though. Oh, and I’m glad Philly won something this summer

    • redmosquito16 - May 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      European Pillow Fight League? OK, that’s just freakin’ funny.

    • bardown66 - May 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I wouldn’t call them pillow fight leagues. Some of those guys can play like a previous post mentioned brunner, and I’ll toss in alexei morozov. Most are over rated, of undersized.

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The real question here is, can they get another sponsor on that sweater.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I mean there is room on the visor.

      Also, props to Halford for stepping up his headline game today. He clearly didn’t forget about Rule 57.

    • dirt2013 - May 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      The real question is can he fight? He did sign with Philly.

  4. malkinrulez - May 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    European Pillow Fight League that is rich. Needed a good laugh

  5. mclovinhockey - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Well worst that happens is this kid turns out to be a nobody, best thing, Philly found another Matt Read. He should be starting at the AHL level this year.

    Hope the other signing turns out to be a big one, he won’t really be NHL ready for 3 years though.

    Oh @dirt, he signed with Philly cause they need offensive depth, not cause they need another fighting grinder.

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