Flyers draft Valeri Vasiliev

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This is the only photo I could find of Flyer draft pick defenseman Valeri Vasiliev. There was another Valeri Vasiliev,a legendary defenseman from the 70′s and 80′s but he passed recently. I believe our Valeri is the guy on the left.

Some thoughts on Vasiliev from OilersJambalaya.com:

Vasiliev spent last season skating in the Russian MHL with MHC Spartak. The 18-year-old defenseman already has a man’s body and is regarded as a physical force by scouts. Quality skater with average offensive instincts but makes very good decisions and plays a basic game. Vasiliev should be worth a Top 100 pick, but the whole KHL concerns could see him fall further in the draft

“Physical specimen makes good decisions and rushes the puck”.…THN

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Vasiliev has a big upside ,but he could stay in Russia when he is NHL ready in a few years,so it will be a wait and see with him.