The following ran in the Metro newspaper on April 11, 2012.
Wayne Simmonds is a veteran of all of a dozen playoff games. He’s a confident player and thought he was ready for postseason play — but once you step on the ice in the playoffs, things change.
“My first year, I didn’t really realize what was going on,” Simmonds said. “It takes you a couple minutes. You get hit, or you hit somebody, and it gets you into the game. They’ll figure it out really quick.”
The 28-goal scorer is referring to the 12 rookies that have suited up for the Flyers this season. The Flyers had the most rookie games played (445) and points from rookies (129). After Mike Richards and Jeff Carter left, the Flyers became a team powered by youth and spent all season proving why that isn’t a bad thing.