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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
It can be easy to forget that Wayne Simmonds is still new to the goal scoring business.
After not once breaking the 20-goal plateau while a member of the Los Angeles Kings, Simmonds had an auspicious opening season with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011-12 season. His 28 goals were not only a career-high, but ranked tied for second overall on the club with fellow forward Claude Giroux.
In 2013, Simmonds is proving that his newfound sniper’s touch was not a one-season fluke. In 21 games this year, Simmonds has scored 10 goals, and finds himself in a tie for the team lead with Jakub Voracek.
But Simmonds has developed into an NHL goal scorer for one key reason: increased power play ice time. Barely used by the Kings on the power play (0:50 minutes of PP ice time per game in 2010-11), the Flyers quickly uncovered Simmonds’ hidden skill, turning him into an offensive weapon in the process by giving him heavy p...