Is Mike Richards Getting It Done in Philadelphia?

November 19th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »

Having scored five goals in his first six games, Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Richards was off to the hottest start of his short NHL career. However, over the next 12 games, Richards would score just three times, leaving some Flyers fans wanting more.

To be fair, those that are scoffing at Richards’ efforts, are not paying close enough attention. The fact is, Richards is having one heck of a season for the Orange and Black, and from all accounts, looks to be on course for a career year.

Through 18 games, Richards has scored nine goals, has 18 points, and has a plus/minus rating of plus three. His 61 shots and 51.5 face off percentage wins ranks him second amongst all Flyers and, like many elite players, he makes everyone around him better.

Stats are nice, but in order to get a true sense of what Richards brings to the rink every night, you need to look at all the intangibles. Leadership, toughness, grit, determination, and a passion for being a member of the Flyers, are just a few of the attributes that help Richards stand out as an elite NHL player.

Like many of his Flyers’ teammates, Richards has a purpose with the club. Jeff Carte ...

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