Off The Post: Wayne Simmonds Returns to Philadelphia

Off The Post: Wayne Simmonds Returns to Philadelphia – Wayne Simmonds was back in Philadelphia wearing a Devils sweater. He played in Philadelphia for eight years and he reminisced and talked about playing with the first overall pick in last year’s draft, Jack Hughes before the Flyers home opener.

Off The Post: Wayne Simmonds Returns to Philadelphia

Wayne Simmonds: Right Wing, New Jersey Devils

Wayne Simmonds was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Despite growing up in a Toronto suburb, Simmonds was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. His favorite player was Sergei Fedorov. He spent most of his minor hockey career playing A and AA hockey in the east end of Toronto. At 18, he was selected by the Owen Sound Attack in the sixth round (114th overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.

Simmonds played in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2006 until 2008. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (61st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was one of three rookies to make the team for the 2008-09 season. In his third career game, he scored his first NHL goal against Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks. He quickly became a fan favorite among Kings fans for his strong work ethic on and off the ice.

Collectors looking for Simmonds’ rookie cards will find them in Upper Deck Hockey products from the 2008-09 season. Look for his Young Guns Rookie Card in 2008-09 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey.

Simmonds was traded to Philadelphia on June 23rd, 2011. In his first season with the Flyers, he played in 82 games and finished with 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists). He would sign a six-year extension with the Flyers after that season. He would represent Philadelphia in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and was named MVP after scoring three goals, including the game-winner. He scored more than 40 points in six of his seven seasons with the team. In the final year of his contract with Philadelphia, Simmonds was dealt at the trade deadline to the Nashville Predators. He would earn the Mark Messier Leadership Award that year, becoming the first and only player to switch teams and win the award in the same season.

This summer, Simmonds signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils. He returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday night with the Devils to face the Flyers in their home opener. Philadelphia honored Simmonds before the game with a video tribute. However, once the puck dropped, fans booed Simmonds every time he touched the puck. The Flyers went on to defeat the Devils 4-0.

Off The Post: Wayne Simmonds Returns to Philadelphia – Career Stats

NHL Standard career statistics
Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV Awards
2008-09 20 LAK NHL 82 9 14 23 -8 73 7 2 0 2 10 3 1 127 7.1 229 1135 13:50 9 16 36.0 42 132 39 40
2009-10 21 LAK NHL 78 16 24 40 22 116 16 0 0 2 24 0 0 127 12.6 238 1129 14:29 3 7 30.0 32 123 33 27 Selke-21
2010-11 22 LAK NHL 80 14 16 30 -2 75 13 1 0 3 16 0 0 117 12.0 226 1076 13:27 7 12 36.8 23 125 30 44
2011-12 23 PHI NHL 82 28 21 49 -1 114 17 11 0 4 16 5 0 197 14.2 318 1305 15:55 7 10 41.2 34 140 30 25
2012-13 24 PHI NHL 45 15 17 32 -7 82 9 6 0 4 7 10 0 110 13.6 172 704 15:38 2 1 66.7 16 72 10 19
2013-14 25 PHI NHL 82 29 31 60 -4 106 14 15 0 4 22 9 0 209 13.9 335 1375 16:46 1 1 50.0 35 132 36 27
2014-15 26 PHI NHL 75 28 22 50 -5 66 14 14 0 6 12 10 0 188 14.9 323 1261 16:48 4 1 80.0 36 168 33 29
2015-16 27 PHI NHL 81 32 28 60 -7 147 19 13 0 5 20 8 0 229 14.0 393 1396 17:14 5 2 71.4 44 192 25 31 AS-10
2016-17 28 PHI NHL 82 31 23 54 -18 122 13 16 2 4 14 9 0 224 13.8 397 1556 18:58 8 9 47.1 60 162 38 39
2017-18 29 PHI NHL 75 24 22 46 -16 57 12 11 1 5 16 6 0 176 13.6 292 1357 18:05 12 9 57.1 54 129 38 27
2018-19 30 TOT NHL 79 17 13 30 -16 99 12 5 0 2 10 3 0 157 10.8 269 1238 15:40 4 13 23.5 28 137 27 38 Messier-1
2018-19 30 PHI NHL 62 16 11 27 -20 90 11 5 0 2 8 3 0 136 11.8 234 1026 16:33 4 12 25.0 21 113 22 29 Messier-1
2018-19 30 NSH NHL 17 1 2 3 4 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 21 4.8 35 212 12:27 0 1 0.0 7 24 5 9 Messier-1
2019-20 31 NJD NHL 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0.0 7 45 15:09 0 0 0 4 0 0
8 yrs PHI NHL 584 203 175 378 -78 784 109 91 3 34 115 60 0 1469 13.8 2464 9978 17:05 43 45 48.9 300 1108 232 226
3 yrs LAK NHL 240 39 54 93 12 264 36 3 0 7 50 3 1 371 10.5 693 3341 13:55 19 35 35.2 97 380 102 111
1 yr NSH NHL 17 1 2 3 4 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 21 4.8 35 212 12:27 0 1 0.0 7 24 5 9
1 yr NJD NHL 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0.0 7 45 15:09 0 0 0 4 0 0
Career 12 yrs NHL 844 243 232 475 -62 1061 146 94 3 41 168 63 1 1867 13.0 3199 13576 16:05 62 81 43.4 404 1516 339 346
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/10/2019.

Here is a look at some of Wayne Simmonds’ cards as he talks about returning to Philadelphia with Russ Cohen. You can listen to the Off the Post podcast HERE.

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