27-Year-Old Right Wing – Philadelphia Flyers
Wayne Simmonds Contract Information:
Simmonds signed a six-year contract extension with the Flyers in August of 2012.
Simmonds had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Rangers. The points halt a six-game scoring drought.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Simmonds enters this season looking to prove to critics that his career-best showing in 2013-14 was not a one-time occurrence. His 29 goals and 31 assists were good for third on the team behind Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, and with Scott Hartnell's departure, his production will be relied on more than ever. Simmonds should be held in high regard heading into this season -- not only is he able to put the puck in the net, but he is also prolific in taking penalties and sees ample time on the power play. This triple threat will likely ensure that he goes within the top 50 in most fantasy leagues.
Simmonds collected 32 points, 82 penalty minutes, and two Gordie Howe hat tricks last season. The young winger has developed into a formidable offensive points-getter, and the PIMs are an added bonus. He's a solid value in most leagues, but especially in leagues that reward PIMs.
Simmonds played a full 82-game season for the Flyers in 2011 and produced a great balance of points and PIMs with 49 and 114, respectively, after coming over from Los Angeles in the Mike Richards trade. The 6-foot-2 winger is hoping to improve upon last season's career year of 28 goals if he can stay healthy. Simmonds has more value in leagues that reward penalty minutes and, with almost 200 shots on goal last year, he's worth remembering in most leagues, whether they count penalty minutes or not.
Simmonds joins the Flyers as part of the trade for Mike Richards. The 23-year-old is coming off a 30-point (14 G, 16 A) campaign, but much of his value comes from the 191 PIMs he's racked up over the past two seasons. His style of play should gel nicely in the Philly lineup.
Simmonds played his way up the lineup last year and it resulted in a fine season (16G, 24A and 116 PIMs). There's no reason why he can't become one of the game's best power forwards, especially if your league counts PIMs. Look for him to build off of last year's success as he'll benefit from the scoring depth of the Kings, even if he doesn't wind up skating on one of the team's top two scoring lines.
Simmonds saw some time on the team's second line as the season came to a close last year and opened some eyes. His overall totals (9 G, 14 A in 82 games) don't open any eyes but the 20-year old held us own at the NHL level and responded when given an increased role. He'll likely be back in a forechecking role with the Kings this season.
Simmonds is a big body (6'2") with a developing scoring touch. 75 points and 111 PIMs in 60 games in the OHL will certainly get you noticed and he earned himself a spot in the World Juniors for Team Canada. He'll spend another season in juniors refining his game this year and could be a similiar player to Dustin Brown or Brenden Morrow of the Stars down the road.
Simmonds was returned to the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL.