When Wayne Simmonds came to the Philadelphia Flyers in the wake of the Jeff Carter and Mike Richards trades, not many fans knew that much about the former Los Angeles Kings rookie. The right winger got right into it as soon as he pulled on a black and orange sweater, and the city fell in love.
Simmonds is such a likeable player to Philadelphia because he embodies a lot of that old-time hockey that we crave. Simmonds does not back down from a fight, and we like that. He also knows how to handle the puck, and being alongside Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux a few times last season definitely helped.
Simmonds has progressed each season he’s been with the Flyers and he looks like a player that the Flyers intend to keep for a few more years. His age is good because he has so many years left to play, which also means more years to grow and develop into the type of player they want.
Simmonds knows how to handle his own and also watches his teammate’s back, which we really like in this town, but he also knows how to score a goal or two. Although last season was a wash for the Flyers, there were a few players that really shined. Giroux did his captain duties by assisting his teammates constantly, and Voracek broke out as a superstar MVP, but Simmonds was right behind them. Simmonds also played well on his line with Brayden Schenn as the rookies played off each other to improve their game.
Ending the season with 32 points, 15 goals and 17 assists gives the young winger ample room for improvement next season. It also means that with a full season, he’s going to be prepared to really help the team out come October.