Barring a trade, winger Wayne Simmonds will be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers for the next seven years after signing an extension with the team Wednesday evening.
This is good news for fans of the orange and black because Simmonds’ future is incredibly bright.
Coming off a career season where he found the back of the net 28 times, Simmonds is poised for more success. He brings a whole lot to the table for this Flyers team.
Physicality is one of the most important aspects of a successful NHL team. In case you live under a rock, Wayne Simmonds is one of the most physical power forwards in the game today. I mean, they don’t call him the Wayne Train for nothing! He crashes the net with tremendous force and speed and is certainly not afraid to drop the gloves when needed, racking up a total of 114 penalty minutes last season. His physical board play is one of the best in the league as well. However, the most important and recognizable part of Simmonds’ game is his presence in front of the net. Opposing goaltenders have a difficult time with him causing havoc.
The main focus of Simmonds’ game is to be a physical, gritty player. Don’t look for that to change one bit in years to come.
Not only is he a banging power forward, Wayne Simmonds also has a raw skill-set. He has great puck possession skills, especially around the boards, and is clearly proving he can score goals, whether it be with his stick or his face. Simmonds will most likely be seen on a line with Danny Briere and trade partner Brayden Schenn. After playing with the two towards the end of last season, chemistry should only increase. Also expect Simmonds to see some increasing ice time during the powerplay. His presence in front of the net will be valuable, and 11 of his 28 goals last year were on the man advantage.
If you could summarize Wayne Simmonds in one word, that word would be “warrior.” He works very hard on his game, and it shows on the ice. Simmer is not afraid of injury, and doesn’t let it slow him down when it happens. After taking that puck to the face, and scoring in the process, a swollen eye didn’t stop Simmonds from suiting up against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins and fighting Deryk Engelland the next game. Emerging superstar Claude Giroux seems to agree with me on Simmonds’ toughness.
“He’s a warrior. I mean, he fights Engelland – and he’s one of the toughest guys in the league,” Giroux said.
Wayne Simmonds is without a doubt a Flyer. That toughness, physicality, and passion for the fans are all parts of his game that have been apart of hockey in Philadelphia for years.
And they will continue to be for years to come.
Adam Pfeifer is a contributing writer covering the Philadelphia Flyers for Rant Sports.
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