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As the season winds down, it’s a bit too early to speculate on draft position until we know where the Flyers are drafting, but it’s not too early to start looking at undrafted UFA signings from Europe and the NCAA. With the big prospects getting ready to step in on defense, the Flyers need is at forward for next season. As such, today we look at Antti Suomela from the Blues in the Finnish league.
Suomela’s 26 points in 52 games (as of this writing) leads his team in scoring. He is also the team’s leading goal scorer.
Right now, using Vollman’s model, Suomela would be expected to score 12 points in 82 games next season. However, this is just a single season model. Suomela turns 22 on March 17, he’s got some room to improve. To put this in perspective, Teuvo Teravainen had a lower point per game rate in his draft season in Finland. He’s blossomed into a solid scoring forward.
For Suomela, he’d be a cheap depth option on the third line. He’s cheaper than Sam Gagner and if he finds a scoring touch in his prime years, he’s likely to be cheaper as well.
Of course, he’d be competing with internal options Jordan Weal and Taylor Leier for this role.