Takin’ a T/O with BT: Ville Leino Flies High in Philadelphia, Cup or Not

June 8th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
It's usually the Detroit Red Wings who benefit from this kind of luck, not the other way around.

So how could someone believe it when a former-Red Wing struck it big?

For the Philadelphia Flyers it doesn't really matter—it's not like they're asking questions right now.

Ville Leino was that highly touted spin-off that didn't seem like he was going to get off the ground. The overlooked and under-valued second fiddle to Fabian Brunnstrom in the European infusion of 2008, Leino was a bit of a mystery.

In his last season with Jokerit he had put up a 77-point season. Before that he had back-to-back 40-point campaigns. But we were left to wonder whether these numbers would be transferable, or if this would just be another guy who would dip his toes in, but turn around and head home in a few seasons.

While a lot of people were talking about where Brunnstrom would end up, there were a few wondering if Leino would be just as good, if not better than the Swede when he signed.

While Brunnstrom chose Dallas, Leino made the smart choice in going to Detroit. Brunnstrom was seen by many to be able to step into an NHL lin ...

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