Part three of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ captain search gives us a look at veteran defensemen, Kimmo Timonen.
Timonen was drafted in the 10th round of the 1993 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings as the 250th overall pick. The Kuopio, Finland native played overseas until 1998 when he began his career with the Nashville Predators. After 8 seasons with the Predators, Timonen was acquired by the Flyers along with teammate Scott Hartnell in return for a first round draft pick that the Flyers received in the Peter Forsberg trade.
Throughout his career, Timonen has always put up good numbers as somewhat of an offensive defenseman. In his 13 seasons in the NHL, he has recorded 507 points and has an average of 39 points per season, which would still land him in the top 20 in offensive statistics among defensemen.
Timonen has a lot of knowledge. Whether it is during post game interviews, talking with media at practice, or just talking with his teammates, Timonen shows that he has a lot of wisdom in regards to hockey. His experience has showed that he should be ready to take on the challenge of being an NHL captain. Timonen has worn the “A” on his jersey for the bulk of his career.
Last season, Timonen, when healthy, was a key in the Flyers’ offensive attack. To me, having a savvy veteran who knows the game of hockey as your captain could be a good thing for the Flyers. The only “ifs” that the team has is the likelihood of Timonen getting injured due to the fact that he is entering into his 14th NHL season at age 37. Disregarding the question marks regarding his health, Timonen could easily be a candidate as the next captain of the Flyers.
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