Wayne Simmonds: Philadelphia Flyers Player Of the Week
The Philadelphia Flyers had a pretty steady week, having gone 2-1-1 in their four games. One of the players that has been extremely helpful for them to get there was Wayne Simmonds.
At this point in his NHL playing career, Simmonds is exactly where he needs to be. He also continues to prove that the Flyers got what they were asking for in their trade with the Los Angeles Kings a few seasons ago. Simmonds’ style of play and his consistency in improving his offensive ability has been key to his success in Philadelphia. It really does appear that this city has improved his game, and fans love him for it.
Simmonds has been on fire lately, putting up points left and right. He has even surpassed top-liner Jakub Voracek in points. Simmonds has not logged as many assists as Claude Giroux, but he has already put up 36 points for the team with his 20 assists and 16 goals. Simmonds has been the team’s top goalscorer, and he’s been efficient at getting the puck into the net.
He was pretty active this week save for the Flyers’ disappointing loss to the New York Rangers last Sunday. Simmonds has had at least a point in each of his last three games. He knew when to be a teammate in their game against the Buffalo Sabres when he logged two assists, and he was the catalyst to getting the Flyers to an overtime period with his two assists and game-tying goal against the Nashville Predators.
He didn’t score In Saturday night’s game against the New York Islanders, but he did log another point with his assist on Andrej Meszaros‘ goal. Simmonds is quickly rising to stardom, and as the Flyers start to eye the playoffs, they’ll need his hot streak to continue.