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Come October, barring a lockout, I will be starting my first full year with this wonderful website, Flyers Faithful.
Due to the fact that I came on board midway through last season, I never had the chance to focus on the offseason and choose my breakout players.
Well, my friends, it’s time I show ya what I can offer.
There are many players for whom I feel could be breakout players for the Flyers, and I’ll do my best to make note of them throughout the rest of the offseason, but there is one player who I feel will become a top-six all around forward.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Eric Wellwood.
Wellwood announced his arrival late last season thanks to his world-class speed, but that is just one facet of his game. He has a knack for getting to the goal, but depositing the puck is his problem.
Wellwood, a 22-year-old left-handed shooter from Windsor, Ontario, is entering his third year with the Flyers organization, and the franchise looks to be counting on him big time for the 2012-13 season. He’s expected to see ample time on the penalty kill as well as time on the third line.
In 24 games with the “big club” last season, Wellwood posted five goals and four assists, then added some badly-needed rocket fuel as the Orange and Black slogged through the end of a contentious Penguins series and skated in virtual cement for the whole of the Devils debacle. There is no reason to think that he couldn’t join the ranks of a double-digit goal scorer all while becoming a lethal weapon on the penalty kill given enough time and the confidence to develop from the coaching staff.
While the production will have to increase, the effort and desire has been there from the first shift he took in the National Hockey League. That will go a long way towards endearing himself to the masses.
So, in my initial guess of who will be a key breakout player for the Flyers, I go with one of my favorites and choose Wellwood. When you begin hearing his name everywhere, you can thank me.