The lack of secondary scoring for the Flyers is something that has been discussed about recently not only by fans and writers, but by Flyers Owner Ed Snider as well. Yesterday Snider mentioned that he was fed up with the lack of scoring by players other than Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.
Snider mentioned three players by name: Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Giroux and Voracek each have put up healthy, league leading numbers throughout the beginning of the season, but the production hasn’t been there for Couturier, Read and Simmonds.
Simmonds has been moved up and down the lineup this season, playing at least 30 minutes with 9 different forwards. He has finally been put on a consistent line, with Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton, that has had some of the best scoring chances in recent games. I’m not worried about Simmonds at this point, but I am worried about the negative light that is being shined on Couturier and Read.
No one is arguing that Couturier and Read haven’t produced, but there is an argument to be made that they are not being put in a situation to produce.