By Annie Ross
It’s only been a season and a half since James van Riemsdyk returned to the Flyers, but so far he has been a solid player.
In 66 games during the 2018-19 season, he netted 27 goals and 48 points. His game matured while he was with the Leafs, and it shows to the point that he is helping his younger teammates. He has 12 goals and 23 points in 42 games this season,
He is a solid secondary scorer, helping his teammates like Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, and captain Claude Giroux to produce.
The 2019-20 Flyers have a lot of talent and JVR is one of the offensive pieces that provides scoring depth.
Van Riemsdyk is especially good at scoring from the dirty areas. He has always been a solid net-front presence, dating back to his time in Toronto. He is not afraid to stand in front of the opposition’s goalie and take a beating and many of his goals are scored off spot-on deflections.
JVR is pointless in his last five games, but I expect him to break his scoring drought soon and continue to help the Flyers become a serious threat.