Flyers Rookie has promise as a right-winger and leader

Thirteen months ago, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Zayde Wisom underwent shoulder surgery. Progress was slow at first, but Wisdom was almost back to 100% by the time the OHL playoffs rolled around last season.

He had 15 points, including four goals, in 11 playoff games.

And now, the solid right-winger is set to continue progressing through the rookie and main camps, hoping to make an impression on the Flyers brass.

“I took a lot of time this summer training, and the guys here took care of me, and we’re getting ready for (main) camp now,” Wisdom, 20, said after training for Friday morning in Voorhees. ”

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Wisdom has spent most of the offseason working on his conditioning.

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“That’s what management wanted me to improve over the summer, and I feel like that’s what I did,” he said. “And from the encouraging words I received from them, I felt they thought I had done a good job too.”

He called it a “confidence boost” when your grueling summer job is noticed.

“I was basically on the assault bike or doing some kind of conditioning, whether it was running outside on those hot days or inside on the assault bike or skating on the ice,” a- he declared. “Four to five times a week. I feel ready. I feel prepared.

rookie games

The Philadelphia Flyers will face the New York Rangers in Friday night’s rookie game at the PPL Center. This will be the first game of back-to-back nights at Allentown.

Friday’s game will not be televised or broadcast live. You can listen to Bob Rotruck’s play-by-play tonight at 7 on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms website. Saturday’s game at 5 p.m. will be televised by NBC Sports Philadelphia+.

Wisdom, a fiery player chosen in the fourth round of the 2020 draft, will likely play for the AHL Phantoms this season. The team is coached by Ian Laperriere, who leads the Flyers’ rookie camp.

“I know he likes hard workers, and I feel like I can provide that for him,” Wisdom said. “He always tells me, ‘Just work and I’ll love you.’ ”

In Friday’s game, Wisdom is expected to play right wing on a line with Olle Lyycksell and center Elliot Desnoyers.

The front row should have Jackson Cates centered around his brother, Noah Cates, and Tyson Foerster.

Wisdom shared the room with the highly touted Foerster when they played for the Phantoms.

“I used to cook dinners for ‘Tice,'” Wisdom said, adding that salmon in teriyaki sauce was their favorite dish. “He did the cleaning and I did the cooking when we lived together.”

How did he learn to cook?

Wisdom gave him a big smile.

“The internet. Fly it. Call my mom,” he said.

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