Prospect to Watch: Mike Testwuide

I think it’ll be a quick adjustment.  Half-shields, fighting, that’s all stuff that comes with the game. In college it’s kind of frustrating when you can’t do that stuff and you have to hold yourself back. If you’re playing in pros or junior, you don’t really have to hold yourself back from that stuff and it comes naturally.

- Mike Testwuide

That’s the kind of thing any Flyers fan wants to hear coming from a prospect.

He is a free agent signed out of Colorado College, and might be competing for a spot with the big club during this upcoming training camp. He’s 6’3″, 210lbs., and seems to have a bit of a mean streak. In the feature story on the Flyers website, he mentions his scoring ability, and his willingness to play physical. The Flyers’ prospect camp came to a close, and Testwuide was one of the oldest guys there (23 y/o). He played 4 years of college, where he lead the team in goals and finished second in points. This is potentially the kind of guy we’ve been lacking around here for years.

I hope he’s a different type of player than Hartnell or Knuble though. I haven’t ever seen this guy play, so I’ll be watching him once the preseason rolls around. We don’t need another guy that can only chip in rebounds or get ugly goals. I want a guy that can do a bit more with the puck. He’s got the build of a prototypical power forward, but I guess I’m asking for more than that. Of course if he just scores a ton of goals, it won’t really matter. I guess I’m getting a bit picky with the style of play that I want to see.

Anyway, long story short, I don’t want just another big bonehead that hits people and scores lucky goals. I want a big guy that’s hard to take off the puck, with good hands, and some creativity. The first pre-season game is against Toronto on September 21st; Mike: we’re watching you.

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Tags: Mike Knuble Mike Testwuide Philadelphia Flyers Prospects Rookie Scott Hartnell

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