Philadelphia Flyers’ alternate captain Wayne Simmonds went 1-on-1 with Flyers.NHL.com columnist Jay Greenberg, looking back at the past season and giving his outlook for 2015-16.
“We definitely think we’re a playoff team. You know we definitely have the skill and the talent. We just had to many inconsistencies this year. I know talking to all the guys…everyone is extremely disappointed. This definitely can’t happen again. It’s not a good feeling to have.”
Simmonds, who was a force on the power play once again in 2014-15 (14 PPG), knows he can improve on the mere 26 points he managed at even strength.
“When you talk about even-strength production, yeah, I’d love to get better. I’m going to strive to get better. I think that’s the name of the game. If you’re not trying to get better at everything you do, there’s really no point in even playing.”
When asked about the group of guys in the locker room and the team atmosphere, Simmonds was quick to give praise.
“I love every single one of these guys. They’re all my brothers. We got a really tight-knit group of guys off the ice and normally that should translate onto the ice, which it didn’t really translate the best this year, but guys are willing to go on the ice and battle for each other. We just gotta push each other and make each other better. I’m definitely fully confident in what we got going on here.”
Simmonds, who was given an ‘A’ at the start of the 2014-15 season, talks about how the leadership role has helped him grow as a player.
“Over the past few years, I’d kinda get a little bit frustrated and I’d let that take me off my game, but I’m growing as a person and as a player. I think I’m making big strides in my leadership. My biggest thing is if I go onto the ice and I’m not playing 100 percent, I don’t really have the spot to go and tell someone else that they’re not doing their job.”
The 26-year-old seems determined to help the Flyers make the postseason in 2015-16.
“The Flyers have a great history. Every time you put that jersey on, you wear it with pride. Obviously not making the playoffs this year is unacceptable. It can’t happen again. I gotta go home and I’m watching games I should be playing in. If that doesn’t wake you up a little bit…”
Watch the full video interview here: