Lehigh Valley Phantoms
WATCH: Zayde Wisdom shows off hands, physicality in two-point game against Penguins
The Philadelphia Flyers found a good one in Zayde Wisdom. It seems like he does something amazing every single game – and that’s because he does (well, at least so far)!
Two weeks ago, Wisdom scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point game – his first three points in his professional hockey career. Last Saturday, in the very next game, he scored two more goals.
He took a bit of a break with no points – but three shots on goal – in the Phantoms’ midweek game.
Wisdom was back at it again this weekend, though. On Friday night, he scored a highlight-reel goal while falling down. If you haven’t seen it, you need to.
On Saturday night, Wisdom kept it up with an assist, some physical play, and the game-tying goal.
His assist wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill pass, either. He won a battle in the neutral zone and controlled into the zone. He made a no-look backhand pass to Max Willman, who scored his first of two goals on the night.
A great play by both Wisdom on the pass and Willman with the toe drag before shooting.
It’s worth noting that Willman now has six goals in seven games this season – all in his last four games. He had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 24 games with the Phantoms last season.
But back to Wisdom.
With the Phantoms down a goal in the third period, Wisdom drew two straight penalties against the Penguins. The second one resulted in his own game-tying power-play goal.
Wisdom drew an interference penalty as he sped into the zone.
He then gave a few shoves to the Penguins on his way to the bench.
Notice how the players don’t even attempt to get back at him. There’s some Wayne Simmonds in Zayde Wisdom.
The 18-year-old forward then got on the board to tie it. Ryan Fitzgerald forced a turnover and passed it across the slot. Wisdom made no mistake about it.
What a play.
Wisdom was fired up on the bench.
Wisdom is now over a point per game with eight points (six goals, two assists) in seven games. All of those eight points have come in his last five games. Only one player in the AHL has more goals than Wisdom (and Willman, for that matter).
Among rookies, it is Seth Jarvis (the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft), Wisdom (a 2020 fourth-round pick), and Willman (signed to a PTO in 2019) tied at the top with six goals each. That’s some pretty good company.
The Phantoms ultimately went on to lose in overtime, but Wisdom gave them some fight against the Penguins.