Philadelphia Flyers Captain Mike Richards Makes the Little Things Count

December 1st, 2010 by Andrew J. Kearney Leave a reply »
Mike Richards is the "ultimate" team captain for the Philadelphia Flyers.  It was almost as if then-GM Bobby Clarke created Richards in his own image when he drafted him in 2003.  There were 23 other players that went before him, including teammates Jeff Carter and Nikolai Zherdev (drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets )on that summer day.  Though this was a talented player pool, Richards has become a key player of this class despite his being drafted 24th.

The Flyers knew that Richards was their guy from the jump.  Not long thereafter the draft, many concluded that Richards could and would eventually be captain of the team.  This Flyer was a natural leader and his skills have been on display in Philadelphia for the past five years. 

His growth and development was a bit of a lengthy process but now Richards is among the elite.  The first two years were a work in progress, but ever since, he's really come along nicely.  He's one of the most underrated players in the NHL in my opinion.  Richards may not always get the recognition but lets his game speak.

From what we in Philadelphia have seen here, there's n ...

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