NHL Prospect Watch: Philadelphia Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo

November 10th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
If there’s anything the Philadelphia Flyers have had a surplus of in the past 40 years, it’s enforcers who specialize in beating the living daylights out of opponents. Now left winger Zac Rinaldo is ready to follow the line of Dave Schultz, Dave Brown, Donald Brashear and, more recently, Dan Carcillo.

The fact Rinaldo got into a fight during the Flyers’ prospect camp is a pretty good indicator of his demeanor, so GM Paul Holmgren and his staff should be licking their chops at the potential to see him in a Flyers uniform. 

“Our guy got hooked and there was no call,” Rinaldo explained. “It was 0-0 at that point. It frustrated me, so I took it into my own hands and tried to give our team some energy.”

The Flyers selected Rinaldo in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 draft. After playing for the Mississauga-St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario League (and picking up 191 PIM in his first full season), Rinaldo was traded to London, per his request. In 2009-10, he was dealt to Barrie, this time without asking management for a trade.

“I asked for (the first trade) because I wasn&r ...

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