Wayne Simmonds has been a favorite for fans of the Philadelphia Flyers for a very long time. His gritty heart and passion for the game shows in his success and his mistakes. He’s been streaky at times in his career, especially in his days with the Los Angeles Kings, but since he’s come over to Philly in a trade he’s found a system that lets him showcase his true ability as a player. However, this season Simmonds is playing so well that he’s on his way to having a career year.
Last season, Simmonds’ numbers were cut short due to the late start of the season. In 45 games he put up 32 points which was a pace that would have put him at 58 points in an 82-game season.
So far this season, Simmonds has posted 26 points in 40 games which is putting him on track to score 53 points if he plays in all 82 games. Injuries aren’t too much of a concern for Simmonds. In the six years he’s been in the NHL he has only missed a total of nine games.
It’s quite possible that Simmonds has been the hottest Flyer as of late. In his last seven games, Simmonds has 11 points (7G, 4A). Only Claude Giroux has more points than him in that seven game span (12).
One thing is for sure; the Flyers are on an absolute tear as of late. Not only are they winning games, but they’re winning in impressive fashion and credit has to be given where it is due. Without Simmonds, the Flyers might not be where they are right now.