Posts Tagged ‘James van Riemsdyk


FLYERS: JVR Scores in Front of the Hometown Crowd

Thanks to MrFlyerGuy for this video.

…This goal was all Mike Richards, but still nice to see van Riemsdyk get a goal in front of all his friends and family (50+ were in attendance at the Rock last night).


FLYERS: Boynton Claimed off Waivers, JVR to the AHL

News broke this morning that the Flyers have claimed former Stanley Cup Champion Nick Boynton off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boynton, 32, was a healthy scratch for Chicago’s last 22 games this season. He was in uniform last season when the ‘Hawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 in Philadelphia.

In other, perhaps more important news:

And now, before you freak out, Travis Hughes tells you what I was already going to say:

…Don’t freak out. This is really not a big deal. The Flyers are so pressed against the cap that moves like this are needed. As Travis says, JVR will probably be back by Thursday.


FLYERS: Team Winning, JVR Sitting

The Philadelphia Flyers are enjoying their most successful run of games thusfar in the early part of the 2010-2011 regular season. The team had wheeled off six straight wins before their overtime loss last Sunday in Washington, and, after last night’s dismantling of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers are now 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

Maybe this benching is what JVR needs to jump-start his season

Lost in the shuffle of all the Flyers’ success has been James van Riemsdyk, a healthy scratch for head coach Peter Laviolette for the past three contests, a result of one of the worst starts a Flyer has had this season. For a player who the Flyers’ brass expected far more out of entering the 2010-2011 campaign, JVR has struggled mightily out of the gate, only registering four points (4 A) in thirteen games played. In the games leading up to him finding a spot in the press box, van Riemsdyk looked lost at times on the ice, and very frequently was reluctant to battle for loose pucks or take on a more aggressive, physical style. That won’t earn you a spot in Peter Laviolette’s lineup.

Instead, JVR has been a healthy scratch for last two Flyers victories, and, after the team won 8-1 last night in Raleigh, there are actually some that think the Flyers are better off without the former #2 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. Personally, I am one of JVR’s harshest critics, but I can tell you right now, when he gets back into the Flyers’ line-up, he will be extremely motivated. He’s always had the size and frame (6’3”, 205lbs), but perhaps now he can gain the spark, or the edge that will vault him back into the Flyers’ lineup as a regular and give the Orange and Black yet another weapon moving forward.

Frank Seravalli has more on JVR’s predicament in today’s Philadelphia Daily News: FLYERS’ van RIEMSDYK TRYING TO SKATE OUT OF SLUMP


FLYERS: More Production From the Wingers Needed

The Flyers defensive unit finally slid out of a funk last night against the Islanders as Chris Pronger (2 goals) and Kimmo Timonen (1 goal) scored the first goals of the season by members of the team’s blue line. It now appears that problem has been solved – for the time being – but there still remains a concern over the team’s lack of production from their wingers.

JVR is among a host of Flyers wingers who need to step it up offensively

It’s been harped upon time and time again: the Flyers need someone, anyone, to step up and off-set the loss of one of the best wingers the franchise has ever had in Simon Gagne. While Danny Briere and Claude Giroux – two centers – have had incredible starts offensively for the Orange and Black, there still lacks a constant production from the players who man the wings. Scott Hartnell is looking far better than he did at this point last season, and Ville Leino appears to be getting his legs back under him after off-season hip surgery, but players like James van Riemsdyk and Nikolay Zherdev need to start finding the back of the net to supply the Flyers with a larger dose of secondary scoring. Zherdev has been so unimpressive thus far that he’s spent the last two games in a suit as a healthy scratch.

The Flyers’ wingers are a strong group on paper, but just haven’t been there all that much statistically this season thus far. Of course, it’s early, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t come around, but questions start to linger the longer it takes for such an event to happen. Hopefully more wingers can find the score sheet come tomorrow’s contest against Carolina.

Sam Carchidi offers his take on the lack of scoring from the wings thus far this season right here: INSIDE THE FLYERS: LOOKING FOR SCORING FROM THE WINGS


FLYERS: JVR Could be Great in 2010

When James van Riemsdyk made the Flyers roster out of Training Camp last season, there was an understandable excitement around the news. van Riemsdyk, the 2007 NHL Entry Draft’s number two overall pick behind Patrick Kane, had spent the previous two seasons at the University of New Hampshire honing his skills before make the leap to professional hockey. Now, as a member of the Flyers, van Riemsdyk was looking to make the jump to the pros smoothly.

2010 could bring big things for van Riemsdyk

Unfortunately for JVR, that did not happen.

Fans, coaches, and management alike were left scratching their heads at what seemed to be a player with a ton of potential, but just with the inability to make ends meet and be consistent on the ice. Of course, JVR’s rookie season wasn’t horrible by any means, and the 21-year-old was among the league leaders in rookie scoring, as well as getting some outside consideration for Rookie of the Year. van Riemsdyk finished the 2009-2010 season with totals of 15 goals, 20 assists, and 35 points while also being -1 overall. As I said, not bad, but given what the pick ahead of him – Patrick Kane – was able to accomplish in his first season in the National Hockey League, I think that the organization and fan base may have expected a little more from him.

Fast forward to the 2010-2011 preseason and it’s already very apparent that we are seeing a different James van Riemsdyk. 10+ more pounds of muscle added to his already imposing 6’3” frame makes JVR suddenly a very intimidating presence out on the ice. Combine the size and brute strength with the skill we know he possesses on top of his world-class speed, and there’s reason to believe that JVR will not only avoid a Sophomore slump this season, but may put up even better numbers than we saw last year. van Riemsdyk has yet to register a point in the preseason, but, to me, that’s irrelevant. What I’ve seen from JVR tells me everything I need to know about how he will perform this season. He’s hustling to every loose puck, he’s winning the battles in the corners, and he hasn’t been reluctant in the least bit to take the body on a consistent basis.

It’s unclear at this point what line the Flyers will have JVR on when the regular season begins in Pittsburgh. What is clear, however, is that whoever he plays with will reap the benefits of playing alongside a rebuilt, retooled, and suddenly experienced power forward who is going to have a breakout season in 2010.

Follow JVR on Twitter: @JVReemer21


FLYERS: Player Report Cards – James van Riemsdyk

NAME: James van Riemsdyk


Regular Season Statistics: 78 Games Played – 15 Goals, 20 Assists, 35 Points. -1.

Analysis: The much hyped second overall pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (yes, the one behind Patrick Kane) made his debut as a Philadelphia Flyer in the 2009-2010 season. For JVR, it was a year of tremendous highs and lows. He scored some big goals for the Flyers, but also seemed lost at many times during the course of the season – there were a couple of occasions when JVR went double-digits in games without scoring a goal. Still, he wasn’t bad for a Rookie, and he did provide the Flyers with some more talent in the depth of their line-up for the vast majority of the season. The one knock that I had on van Riemsdyk and will continue to have on him is the fact that he seems too reluctant to physically impose himself in the corners when in the offensive end. He shies away from the physical play far too often, and I don’t think I need to be the one to say that hiding from physicality doesn’t exactly win you brownie points in this town. He needs to add more bulk to his 6’3”, 205 pound frame so that next season he can fit the power forward proto-type the Flyers so desperately will need.

Postseason Statistics: 21 Games Played – 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 6 Points. -4.

Analysis: Much like his regular season self, JVR had his moments in the playoffs. One thing I will give him is that his wheels are among the fastest of the men that wear Orange and Black. When he gets going in the neutral zone, he is incredibly tough to stop. That’s why I feel that some extra bulk added to an already sizable frame would do JVR wonders moving forward in his career. Like many of the Flyers seeing their first extended dose of playoff action, JVR looked at times as if he may be in a bit over his head during games. While this is true to the fullest, he also seemed rejuvenated in the Stanley Cup Final when he returned for games four, five, and six after being a healthy scratch for Game Three. It was nice to see a little tenacity and fire from JVR, and for it to look like he wanted it more than anyone on the ice after he had felt the feeling of being a healthy scratch and watching a game in a suit.


Reasoning: I bashed JVR far too often during the season to award him a solid “B” so he will instead be stapled with the “B-“. He’s growing as a player, that’s for sure, and it’s easy to get excited about the future with the former second overall pick. Hopefully, he can put all the chatter about the whole Patrick Kane situation to use as motivation, not as something that will bring him down mentally. He has the size and speed to be an incredibly good power forward in this league, and if he bulks up this summer, I would say that’s a definite possibility. Also, the fact that the Flyers likely will move one of their bigger contracts this summer means that JVR will definitely be counted on to score at or around 20-25 goals next season, something that I think – provided he doesn’t hit a gigantic Sophomore slump – van Riemsdyk should be more than capable of accomplishing.


FLYERS: Chicago Runs Flyers Over in 7-4 Rout

The Chicago Blackhawks knew that if they had to come back to Philadelphia down 3-2 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, their chances of a comeback were slim to none. Instead, the ‘Hawks played like their lives depended on it and destroyed the Flyers in Game Five by a final score of 7-4.

Chicago celebrates Kris Versteeg's first period goal

Much like the 5-3 final of Game Four that went in the Flyers’ favor, the three goal cushion the Blackhawks had when this game went final didn’t even do their total domination justice. Antti Niemi was very ordinary tonight in goal for Chicago, but fortunately for him Michael Leighton was the recipient of some bad bounces, and Brian Boucher couldn’t hold down the fort. The forwards and defense for Chicago completely wanted it more, and battled hard all game long as a result. The Flyers were tentative – they let the Blackhawks dictate the play early on and that set the tone for a domination by the ‘Hawks as the game continued to wear down. The Flyers got it to two goals twice: down 3-1 in the first minute of the second period, and down 6-4 with a little less than ten minutes to play in the third. Still, that was more a factor of Niemi not being very good more than it was the Flyers actually generating serious offense.

The Blackhawks came out flying in the first period, scoring three unanswered goals, and controlling the shots by a margin of 13-7. Many Flyers said that after the game the first period they had just played in was one of the worst periods – if not the worst – this team has played the entire season, let alone playoffs. The scary thing is that it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Brent Seabrook got the scoring started on a goal that has become creepily typical of Blackhawk goals this series – a deflection. A Seabrook wrister unfortunately deflected off of Chris Pronger’s skate – who was trying to block the shot – and snuck into a tiny hole that had opened up when the puck changed direction past Michael Leighton’s right pad at 12:17 of the first period on the power play. The ‘Hawks weren’t done, however, as just three minutes later, another crazy carom saw the puck go from Dave Bolland’s stick behind the net to the back of Leighton’s skate and into the net for a goal that made the score 2-0 Chicago. In a period that Chicago dominated, the ‘Hawks were not yet done, as Kris Versteeg found the back of the net through a screen and under Leighton’s glove to give the Blackhawks what seemed like an insurmountable 3-0 lead. It was just that.

JVR beats Niemi to make it 5-3 Chicago in the third

The second period opened with a glimmer of hope for the Flyers and their fans, as Scott Hartnell picked up a loose puck in the crease to make it 3-1 Flyers just 32 seconds into the frame. Brian Boucher also entered the game for Leighton, who was pulled after giving up three goals in the first. The Flyers started to control the play a bit in the beginning of the period and there was reason to think that a comeback was entirely possible. That was, of course, until Danny Briere did not pick up his man – Patrick Kane – who got a beautiful back-door pass from Andrew Ladd to break the Flyers’ backs and make the score 4-1 Chicago. The goal proved even that much more crucial when Kimmo Timonen roofed a rebound in front to cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 4-2 just a minute and a half later. The Flyers chances then began to mount, but failed opportunities in front of a wide open net from Ville Leino and Mike Richards proved even more costly, when Dustin Byfuglien scored his first of the game on the powerplay to make it 5-2 Chicago and, for all extensive purposes, put this game out of reach.

The Flyers showed a little fight in the third period, as James van Riemsdyk scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup Final on another bad rebound from Niemi and made the score 5-3, but, like the Orange and Black did in Philadelphia, it was the Blackhawks that answered back in a big way Sunday night, as Patrick Sharp beat Brian Boucher to make the score back to a three goal margin, now at 6-3. Simon Gagne got one back for the Flyers, as Ville Leino – really the only forward that gave a complete effort tonight – made a great individual play to get the puck to Gagne who was wide open to put the puck in the empty net. At 6-4 with less than three minutes left, there was hope, but not much. All that hope was diminished when Dustin Byfuglien buried an empty netter for his second of the game and locked up a 7-4 Game Five victory for the ‘Hawks as well as a 3-2 series lead.

The Blackhawks celebrate their Game Five win

This game was not about any one player in particular, although many other articles you’ll read will want to make it seem that way. In short, the Blackhawks as a team wanted this game a helluva lot more than the Flyers. As a deserving result, Chicago is now just one win away from a date with Lord Stanley. That could happen Wednesday night in Philadelphia, where I’ll be in attendance. However, if the Flyers get their way, all eyes and bodies will be back in Chicago for a decisive Game Seven.

It’s a pretty simple equation for the Flyers at this point: win two games and a row and you are the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Lose a game before you win two, and it’s all over. Let’s hope the first option is the reality come Friday night. Get the ball rolling Wednesday, boys.

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