When the Philadelphia Flyers and GM Paul Holmgren acquired Wayne Simmonds last off season, many fans did not know the type of player that they were going to get. Well, after a very successful debut for the Flyers, Simmonds is making his encore performance in Germany.
Simmonds signed with ETC Crimmitschau, which is a team in Germany’s second division of professional hockey. Simmonds decided to sign to play in Germany in order to play with his NHL buddy, Chris Stewart of the St. Louis Blues. Stewart and Simmonds grew up in the same neighborhood in Toronto. They both are also represented by the same agent, Eustace King.
Last season with the Flyers, Simmonds recorded career highs in many statistical areas. Simmonds played in all 82 games for the first time since his rookie year. This is significant because of the physical game that he plays. Simmonds also recorded a career high in points with 49. His 28 goals scored are also a career high along with 11 being on the power play and 4 of them being game-winning goals. Simmonds also took 197 shots, which is 70 more than he has ever taken in a season before. This was the reason to why his shot percentage was at a career high 14.2%.
Simmonds signed a six-year, $23.85 million contract almost a month ago. The only worry that Flyers’ fans should have besides the quality of play that Simmonds will be facing is the possibility of injury. One has to wonder how much of the money in Simmonds new contract will be put towards insurance for the remainder of his NHL contract.
Follow me on Twitter @DCattaiSports for all Flyers, Phillies, NHL, and MLB sports updates.