Ramblings – Saturday, July 25

Neil Parker


Braden Holtby

Braden Holtby – USA Today Sports Images


The case for Wayne Simmonds, Braden Holtby’s re-sign and Alex Semin will sport new digs …




I highly recommend making Wayne Simmonds a target in your drafts this fall. Expect a slight value to present itself with Simmonds missing a few games last season and his point total dropping to 50, too.


He is one of the better rotisserie wingers available, outside the slight plus/minus hit he brings annually. He is a high-volume shooter, he takes plenty of penalties, and most importantly, he is attached to the potent Philadelphia No. 1 power-play unit.


Since joining the Flyers for the 2011-12 season, Simmonds has 80 power-play points with 46 of them being of the goal variety. He has just 54 even-strength goals, which is obviously a little bit of a concern should he ever be shifted to the No. 2 unit. Still, that is highly unlikely given his dominance in the role.


Those power-play points and penalty minutes are huge boosts in the middle rounds, and with Simmonds not boasting top-line status with the Flyers, he could be overlooked for that reason, too. Don’t sleep on No. 17 in orange, and don’t let him slip in drafts.