|Final Rank:||12||Midterm Rank:||18|
|Born:||January 30, 1990|
|Born in:||Ozleri, ITA|
|Drafted:||2008: PHI (1st Round / 19th Overall)|
On his style of play: I think I'm more of an offensive defender who has some skill up front. I try to play good defense -- make the first pass, try to hit some guys and just keep it simple.
On patterning his game after
On becoming a defenseman: Actually in my junior years, when I was younger, I used to play center more, and then the coaches said if we are short defenders, I had to play offense and defense. Then they asked me what I wanted to play and I said, defense. I like this, play more and I see me more in this position.
On playing for Team
On getting his start in hockey: I was born in
On when he knew he wanted to be a hockey player: I always loved to play hockey and I just play for fun but a couple years ago I realized that I had a good chance to make it even higher. The NHL draft for Swiss players is far away and now I get over here and it's getting close. Now I realize that if I work hard and do all I can do, that I can play in the NHL sometime.
On playing for the
On his most memorable hockey gift: It was my first jersey that I got -- it was the Toronto Maple Leafs. My parents gave me that for Christmas with Mats Sundin on the back and it still hangs in my room back in
On his most embarrassing hockey moment: My most embarrassing hockey moment was when I went with my skate guards on the ice and I fell on the ice like a couple times and didn't see it.
On his favorite video game: My favorite video game is NHL '08.
On his favorite song: My favorite song on my iPod is "Apologize" from Timbaland.
It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.