The Philadelphia Flyers ended a two-game skid last night with a huge win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers got plenty of help from names all up and down the roster; one of the names that popped up was forward Wayne Simmonds. Is it just me, or have we been hearing his name a lot lately? He’s clearly become one of the best players on the Flyers, and one of the better players in the NHL if not for Claude Giroux, who knows what Simmonds’ numbers would look like. The sudden surge of Simmonds this season has brought up a worthy debate though. Could he be the most complete player in the league?
Before I move forward, let me make one thing very clear, obviously he’s not the most talented or skilled guy in the league. The numbers prove that. However, the numbers do prove that he could be closest thing to the “total package.” Think about what makes a player complete. Can he score? Can he pass? Can he perform on the power play? Is he tough? All these are valid questions to ask when figuring out what makes a player complete.
I’ll spare you time and tell you right up front that Simmonds can do all of those things. If you want proof though, take a look at the numbers.
Simmonds’ 25 goals is tied for 13th in the league. Of those 25 goals, 13 have come on the power play, which is good enough for second in the league behind only Alexander Ovechkin. He’s also tied for fifth in the league with five multi-goal games.
The 55 points that he has tallied this season is tied for 20th in the league, however, 22 of those points have come on the power play. His 22 power play points is good enough for 10th in the league.
Simmonds has also been known to get scrappy at times. His 106 penalty minutes is the most among players with 55 points or more. Not only can Simmonds dominate offensively, he can get down and dirty in the process.
Here’s an intriguing stat to close with; Simmonds has more points than 14 league captains this season. Technically it’s 16, but if Henrick Zetterberg and Steven Stamkos played full seasons, he definitely would not have surpassed them. Still though, 14 captains? That’s an impressive little accomplishment right there.
It’s a shame that much of the attention is drawn away from Simmonds because of Giroux. The league doesn’t focus on him all that much, however, it’s quite obvious that he’s one of the most complete players in the league in terms of being able to do so much, maybe even the most complete. Keep in mind that he plays on the second line, while majority of the guys ahead of him in points play on a top line.