What a weekend it has been for Philadelphia Flyers prospects. On Saturday night, Jay O’Brien recorded his first career hat trick. On Sunday, a 2020 draft pick made his mark.
2020 fourth-round pick Zayde Wisdom had quite the game on Sunday. He scored his first two AHL goals and assisted on the overtime winner in the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ victory. Wisdom was named the second star of the game for his great performance.
Wisdom found the loose puck in front of the net and shoveled it home. That gave the Phantoms a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the first period.
His second goal was a snipe.
With the Phantoms trailing 4-3 late in the third period, Wisdom went to work. He got to a fumbled puck in the offensive zone, made a move, and fired a great shot past Ilya Samsonov.
Seriously, take another look at this shot.
That goal sent the game to overtime, and Wisdom wasn’t done.
David Kase fired a shot off the post and the puck bounced in front of the net. Then, Wisdom fought for it and found it behind the net. He passed it in front to a waiting Kase.
Kase made no mistake about it.
It was the third point of the game for both Wisdom and Kase. Wisdom had the two goals and assist, while Kase had two assists and a goal.
Everybody Loves Zayde
Going back to Wisdom’s first goal, Kase made sure the referee retrieved the special puck for the 18-year-old.
Kase was beaten to the punch, however. Mason Millman already got the puck from the referee and appeared to hand it to Wisdom on his way to the bench.
It’s great to see teammates supporting teammates, and it’s not hard to root for Wisdom. In fact, it’s hard to root against him.
This past September, Wisdom won the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence. That award is given to the candidate who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism. The award was presented by none other than former Flyer and forever fan favorite Wayne Simmonds.
Wisdom was a regular participant in Simmonds’ annual Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors Charity Ball Hockey Tournaments growing up. If Wisdom has any Simmonds in him, Flyers fans are going to love him.
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