Last night the Oshawa Generals announced that former-Flyer Eric Wellwood has taken a position as their new assistant coach. Wellwood played in 31 regular season games for the Flyers, recording five goals and five assists. He also dressed in all 11 playoff games in 2012 (he did not record a point in the playoffs).
Taken in the 6th round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Wellwood worked hard to even be looked at for an NHL job. His greatest attribute was his speed. So when, on April 7, 2013, Wellwood suffered a gruesome foot injury that included the cutting of tendons, nerve endings, and an artery, Wellwood was never able to fully recover.
Wellwood worked hard in rehab and was able to skate again. For much of his recovery he was unable to skate for multiple days in a row and even walked with a limp for a long time after the injury.
At the end of last season, Wellwood was a restricted free agent. The Flyers gave him an AHL-only contract, with the idea that he could eventually play his way back up to the NHL. Wellwood was unable to play for the Phantoms this past season.
After rehabbing for the entirety of the 2013-2014 season, Wellwood has decided move on and take a job as the assistant coach of the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. The Flyers reportedly offered Wellwood a position in their player development department, but Wellwood wanted to be behind the bench.
By all accounts, Wellwood is a classy and bright young man. At 24 years old, he still has a long time ahead of him and should be a fine coach.
Best of luck to Eric Wellwood as he moves on with the Oshawa Generals!