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Player Profile: Wayne Simmonds

With news breaking that Wayne Simmonds has been signed to a 6 year deal with the Flyers, it’s about high time I do a profile on the guy.  Simmonds was acquired as a part of the Richards deal with the LA Kings. With his arrival he really impressed Philadelphia this year especially when looking at his stats and action on the ice.  Although this past season was only his fourth season in the league,  he’s really shown that with more time in the league he is going to grow. The Flyers organization knew that which is why they signed him to this multi-year extension.

Before entering the league, Simmonds played a season for the Toronto Jr Canadiens and then spent a few seasons in the OHL playing a season for the Brockville Braves, two seasons for Owen Sound Attack and a season for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was also a member of the 2007-2008 Canada Team in the World Junior Championships. Simmonds was drafted into the NHL by the Kings in 2007, but he didn’t make the team until the next year. He played with LA for the next couple seasons until he was brought to Philadelphia.

Simmonds did well in his last few seasons with the Kings, but he excelled the most this past season with the Flyers getting more points and goals than his previous seasons. For fans that aren’t that familiar with the Western Conference, they may not have known what to expect, but once it came time for the season it was clear that Simmonds played like a Flyer. As soon as he threw down and dropped the gloves, that was when a lot of us knew he was here to stay.

Simmonds had a good amount of ice time with the Flyers playing in a total of 82 games, meaning he was on the ice every single game this past season. Which is pretty good for the new guy on the team. He also came fourth in the points for the team, coming just behind the Giroux-Hartnell-Jagr line with 49 points. Simmonds wasn’t shy on the ice with 197 shots turned into 28 goals and 21 assists. He even scored 4 game winning goals this season.

Simmonds impressed not only the fans but the Flyers’ management which is why he has just been signed to this extension deal. On the rumormill fans are speculating that the team only signed him to put him in a trade. With Simmonds’ performance, this seems unlikely, unless something really good comes along.  Simmonds had his best season with the Flyers so it will be smarter to keep him on the roster right now.

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