Philadelphia Flyers prospect Zayde Wisdom is out indefinitely after undergoing successful shoulder surgery, the team announced.
Here is the injury update, via the Flyers:
Flyers 2020 Draft Pick (4th Round, 94th overall) forward Zayde Wisdom had successful shoulder surgery today in Philadelphia. The 5-11, 200 lbs. Toronto, Ontario native appeared in 28 games last season with the Flyers AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms, recording seven goals and 11 assists (18 points), and 33 penalty minutes. He is out indefinitely.
Zayde Wisdom quickly made a name for himself with the Phantoms due to his scoring and snarl. As noted above, Wisdom had 18 points in 28 AHL games as an 18-year-old. Wisdom had the fourth-most goals on the Phantoms and third-most points.
He had nine of those 18 points (six goals, three assists) in a six-game span from February 14th to March 3rd. He had a bit of a scoring drought after that but heated back up in May with six points (all assists) in three games from May 9th to 15th.
Wisdom was only able to play in the AHL last season due to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) shutting down because of COVID. The rules may continue to bend next season, but that remains to be seen. Normally, players must play in juniors until they are 20 years old. Nevertheless, Wisdom proved himself and might be NHL ready in a few years.
While the injury doesn’t impact the Flyers’ roster decisions this season, it temporarily dampens some of the excitement for Wisdom. Still, the gritty forward has a path to the NHL after a very strong rookie campaign in the AHL as an 18-year-old.
Wisdom had 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 62 OHL games with the Kingston Frontenacs in the 2019-20 season prior to being drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round.