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About James Van Riemsdyk

Originally a second overall draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2007, James Van Riemsdyk never seemed to fit in comfortably with the Broad Street Bullies. After three seasons the Flyers gave up on him, dealing him to the Toronto Maple Leafs. That deal brought the Leafs a valuable asset coveted by so many teams around the NHL - a big man with soft hands.

Van Riemsdyk is not afraid to go to the net, and his willingness to pay that price has paid dividends for him and the Leafs. Van Riemsdyk notched 32 points in 48 games in his first campaign with the Leafs and is on an even better pace this year, scoring 21 points in just 26 games to date. Whether or not he can ever live up to his high draft selection remains to be seen, but at just 24 years of age he has lots of time to improve and to make the Flyers regret ever letting him go.