He may be an integral part of this team’s future but Wayne Simmonds’ 2010-11 season isn’t quite what the Los Angeles Kings expected of him. While he still put up decent numbers, he dropped off in terms of production from 2009-10 and now many begin to wonder whether this is a sign of things to com or just a bump in the road.
In 78 games in 2009-10, the Scarborough, Ontario, native collected 40 points as he was a key ingredient to the Kings’ first playoff appearance in eight years. This past season, in 80 games, Simmonds registered just 30 points. Although that’s not the most significant of dropoffs, his -2 rating in 2010-11 was a far cry from his +22 rating just one season earlier.
The 22-year-old registered 117 shots on goal this past season, which isn’t too bad considering it was only ten fewer than the previous season. His average ice-time of 14:27 in 2009-10 dropped slightly to 13:27 in 2010-11. At 6’2, 175 pounds, Simmonds is a big physical presence to this young Kings team and he continued to show that this season by dishing out 125 hits, just one fewer than the season before.
Now that he is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, it will be interesting to see what type of money and contract longevity Simmonds asks for to remain in Los Angeles. It will also be intriguing to see what, if ant, offers Dean Lombardi and company receive for the services of #17 and whether or not they will accept.
Most signs are pointing to Simmonds being back with the Kings in 2011-12 but until we know for certain, anything determining his short-term future is mere speculation. All we can do is hope that Simmonds not only remains in Los Angeles but can rebound from a relatively off-year.