Pick of the Week: Valtteri Filppula
I find it hard to answer the question, “Who’s your Tiger?” for more than half of the year because baseball fails to catch much of my interest.
But when it comes to the ice rink, playing,"Who’s your Red Wing?" is easy.
Dangerous on the fly, Filppula has incredible stick handling ability and will make you pay on any given night, whether by backhand or snipe.
The forward’s eye to set up his teammates is invaluable, proven by the 43 assists he racked up last season.
Filppula was drafted by Detroit 95th overall in the 2002.
He found the back of the net for the first time against the St. Louis Blues in 2006, slipping through a zone of five blue jerseys and burning the goaltender.
Last season, Filppula scored 23 goals, racking up 66 points – three points behind the team leader.
He registered at least 35 points in each of his last five NHL seasons, all with Detroit.
Unfortunately, Filppula wears a Jokerit jersey these days due to the 2012 NHL lockout.
But as soon as an agreement is reached, he’ll be back in Detroit wearing number 51.