It was first reported on Tuesday afternoon that an injury in pretournament play to forward Tyler Seguin has likely left a vacancy on Team Canada at the ongoing World Cup of Hockey.
Now, it seems like his most likely replacement has been tabbed.
According to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman, Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds is the most probable candidate to fill in for Seguin for the remainder of the World Cup. Although the report has not yet been made official, the decision is expected to be announced on Wednesday at some point.
Simmonds, who serves as an alternate captain for the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division, finished his 2015-16 season with 32 goals and 60 points in 81 games. A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, the Scarborough native has put up 171 goals and 344 points through 605 career NHL games with the Kings and the Flyers, good for fifth in his draft class in scoring.
Despite having extremely strong offensive numbers, though, Simmonds getting tabbed as the replacement for Seguin is a bit of a surprise – especially with former first overall pick Taylor Hall still left off the roster. Simmonds has been a force, but he currently boasts just 16 more career points than Hall in nearly twice as many games played – so the decision seems somewhat unclear.
Team Canada has yet to officially comment on the situation via press release or social media.