It’s hard to imagine that all it took for Ville Leino to become a Philadelphia Flyer was a fifth round draft pick and a minor league defenseman (Ole-Kristian Tollefsen). Still, that is the trade that General Manager Paul Holmgren executed shortly before the Olympic break to bring the one time Finnish elite league MVP to Philadelphia.
Today, Mike G. Morreale has an article up on NHL.com about the Flyers latest excelling member of their supporting cast and how well Leino has performed since being given a change in NHL scenery, and a spot in the Philadelphia line-up. In the piece, it talks about how Leino has transitioned from being counted on to be a more physical player in Detroit to just sticking to his guns of finesse and play-making in Philadelphia. While he does still take the body from time to time, it’s easy to see that Leino is much more comfortable when he’s stickhandling in the offensive zone than when he is trying to take out someone in the corner. Last night, Leino had a goal and an assist, another two-point night for the Finn, and helped lead the Flyers to a 2-0 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the two teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.
Take a look at Morreale’s article here: LEINO HAS FOUND FLYERS’ STYLE TO HIS LIKING