Flyers’ alternate captain Wayne Simmonds, who turned 27 today, recently spoke with Yahoo! Sports about his goals for the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.
“Thirty is a definite goal for me,” said the right winger, who scored 29 and 28 goals, respectively, over the past two seasons. “I’ve come close a couple of times. As long as we’re winning games and making the playoffs, I really don’t care how many I get.”
Can the Flyers get back into the postseason?
“We’re a good team right now,” Simmonds said. “We played really well against the good teams and we somehow faltered against the teams that had around the same amount of points as us or were below us in the standings. We just have work out our inconsistencies and we’ll be fine.”
The heart-and-soul forward has grown into a leadership role with the team and will likely be seen as a mentor to the numerous prospects who will soon be starting to inch their way into the Flyers’ lineup.
“I work on being someone who can provide leadership, to do whatever I can, on and off the ice, to support my teammates. The bottom line is that we all work together so we don’t have a repeat of last year.”
Simmonds recently put in hard work at the 2015 BioSteel camp after taking some time off following the conclusion of the season.
“I took about a month off at the end of the season,” he noted. “It was a very tough way to end the year. It took a little bit of time to rehab that going into the summer. I’ve been focusing on training and making sure I’m as strong as possible coming into the new season.”
Let’s take a look at a few clips:
There’s a reason he’s so hard to knock off the puck:
Just having a blast out there:
Working on those nasty hands:
Simmonds, along with Tyler Seguin, Michael Del Zotto and Mike Cammalleri were named captains for the player draft:
Simmonds drafted Chris Stewart, Jay Harrison, Devante Smith-Pelly, Anthony Stewart, Joel Ward, Michael Latta, Ray Emery and Ethan Werek:
Third wheeling the Seguin and Del Zotto bromance:
— BioSteel (@BioSteelSports) August 6, 2015
Simmonds went 4-7 in shootouts last season. Looks like he hasn’t missed a beat on that front:
Ready for the season yet?