NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren certainly would have liked to have added the combination of veteran knowledge, skill and grit that Daniel Cleary brings to the table. But Cleary's decision to remain with the Detroit Red Wings did little to affect Holmgren's sleep pattern.
He knew all along he had a player who could be just as ready to step into the same third-line left wing spot Cleary was going to take.
The Flyers signed Austrian-born forward Michael Raffl in May and believe the 24-year-old is ready to grab a top-nine spot in his first North American season.
"I know our guys saw him quite a bit in [Sweden] last year and at the World Championship," Holmgren said. "Both [head of pro scouting] Dave Brown and [director of scouting] Chris Pryor spent a lot of time following him around. He's a bigger, thick kid. He's got a real nose for the net. He's pretty good with the puck and he can shoot."