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After setting career highs in goals (29), assists (31) and points (60), what can Simmonds realistically do for an encore next season?
How about set new career highs in all three departments? And he will.
Throughout the course of the 2013-14 season, he developed into one of the pre-eminent power forwards in the game today.
After landing just five conversions in the season's first two months, the Scarborough, Ontario, native erupted for seven goals in 14 December games. Simmonds then closed the season with his two most productive months of the year, notching 15 goals over the campaign's last two months (29 games including the postseason).
And all signs point to the 6'2", 175-pound force carrying that momentum into next season.
His net-front presence is second-to-none on Philadelphia's roster, and he possesses the kind of unrelenting compete level that will continue to lead to enhanced production.
He paced all Flyers and finished third in the NHL with 15 power-play goals last season and should continue to receive regular minutes on the team's first man-advantage unit. He's also been as durable as they come, missing just three games over the last three seasons.
No Flyers skater has scored more goals than Simmonds (72) over the last three years. Look for more of the same next season.