Flyers recall Wellwood in JVR's absence

Flyers recall Wellwood in JVR's absence
March 3, 2012, 4:20 pm
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- With winger James van Riemsdyk on the shelf for four to six weeks with a broken foot, the Flyers have recalled speedy left winger Eric Wellwood from the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Hes a good player that has given us help in the past when hes come up, said coach Peter Laviolette. Hes smart, he plays with speed and is a good checker. Hes capable of offense. Every time hes been up here, hes done a nice job for us.

The recall is the third NHL stint this season for Wellwood, who has logged five games and an average time on ice of 12:11 per game during that span. The 21-year-old scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 18 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and has earned three points and a plus-six rating in his second professional year.

For Wellwood, the long ride from Adirondack doesnt get old.

Ill make the trip any day, said Wellwood.

While Wellwood, a former sixth round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, lacks the firepower of van Riemsdyk off the wing, he does provide Laviolette a shorthanded option. In his five games this season, Wellwood has averaged 1:06 of penalty kill time per game.

But despite his value and impressive showing in previous recalls, the rookie isnt viewing van Riemsdyks extended absence as a ticket to permanence with the Flyers.

I take it all day-by-day, said Wellwood. One day Im here but the next I could be gone. I enjoy the days I do have and dont look past tomorrow. Well see what happens.

Wellwood is expected to play in his sixth game on Sunday when the Flyers travel to the Verizon Center to face the struggling Washington Capitals. The other roster option for the Flyers is enforcer Jody Shelley, a player the team likes to use against tougher competition.

E-mail Ryan Bright at ryanbright13@gmail.com

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