Archive for James van Riemsdyk

Watch: JVR’s Goal in Front of the Hometown Crowd

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags on April 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Thanks to MrFlyerGuy for this video.

…This goal was all Mike Richards, but still nice to see van Riemsdyk get a goal in front of all his friends and family (50+ were in attendance at the Rock last night).

News: Boynton Claimed off Waivers, JVR to the AHL

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 26, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

News broke this morning that the Flyers have claimed former Stanley Cup Champion Nick Boynton off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boynton, 32, was a healthy scratch for Chicago’s last 22 games this season.  He was in uniform last season when the ‘Hawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 in Philadelphia.

In other, perhaps more important news:

And now, before you freak out, Travis Hughes tells you what I was already going to say:

…Don’t freak out.  This is really not a big deal.  The Flyers are so pressed against the cap that moves like this are needed.  As Travis says, JVR will probably be back by Thursday.

Today’s Lines at Practice

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Still say Carcillo should be the odd-man out, but it appears I’m never going to get my way.  Look for these to be the combo’s tomorrow night against Tampa.

Updates: JVR May Return to Line-Up Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on November 15, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Andreas Nodl logged less than six minutes of ice-time during Saturday’s victory over the Florida Panthers.  The reason he logged so little time was not due to disciplinary action from head coach Peter Laviolette, but rather because the Flyers’ winger had injured his big toe.  However, one Flyer’s loss may be another Flyer’s gain.

Nodl's foot injury may mark the return of JVR

James van Riemsdyk practiced yesterday with the Flyers on a regular line for the first time since he became a regular healthy scratch two weeks ago.  Because of the injury to Nodl, the former second overall pick will likely be back in the Flyers’ line-up for the first time in four games.  van Riemsdyk has only four points in thirteen games this season, and no goals to his name.

I’ll keep you updated on this situation as the day goes on, but as of now, look for JVR to be in the lineup tonight.  Hopefully he’ll come with a spark.

CSNPhilly.com‘s Tim Panaccio has more: FLYERS’ NODL DOESN’T PRACTICE; JVR BACK IN LINEUP?

Updates: Flyers Winning, JVR Sitting

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on November 12, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers are enjoying their most successful run of games thusfar in the early part of the 2010-2011 regular season.  The team had wheeled off six straight wins before their overtime loss last Sunday in Washington, and, after last night’s dismantling of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers are now 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

Maybe this benching is what JVR needs to jump-start his season

Lost in the shuffle of all the Flyers’ success has been James van Riemsdyk, a healthy scratch for head coach Peter Laviolette for the past three contests, a result of one of the worst starts a Flyer has had this season.  For a player who the Flyers’ brass expected far more out of entering the 2010-2011 campaign, JVR has struggled mightily out of the gate, only registering four points (4 A) in thirteen games played.  In the games leading up to him finding a spot in the press box, van Riemsdyk looked lost at times on the ice, and very frequently was reluctant to battle for loose pucks or take on a more aggressive, physical style.  That won’t earn you a spot in Peter Laviolette’s lineup.

Instead, JVR has been a healthy scratch for last two Flyers victories, and, after the team won 8-1 last night in Raleigh, there are actually some that think the Flyers are better off without the former #2 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.  Personally, I am one of JVR’s harshest critics, but I can tell you right now, when he gets back into the Flyers’ line-up, he will be extremely motivated.  He’s always had the size and frame (6’3”, 205lbs), but perhaps now he can gain the spark, or the edge that will vault him back into the Flyers’ lineup as a regular and give the Orange and Black yet another weapon moving forward.

Frank Seravalli has more on JVR’s predicament in today’s Philadelphia Daily NewsFLYERS’ van RIEMSDYK TRYING TO SKATE OUT OF SLUMP

Updates: Wingers Need to Step Up

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on October 31, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyers defensive unit finally slid out of a funk last night against the Islanders as Chris Pronger (2 goals) and Kimmo Timonen (1 goal) scored the first goals of the season by members of the team’s blue line.  It now appears that problem has been solved – for the time being – but there still remains a concern over the team’s lack of production from their wingers.

JVR is among a host of Flyers wingers who need to step it up offensively

It’s been harped upon time and time again: the Flyers need someone, anyone, to step up and off-set the loss of one of the best wingers the franchise has ever had in Simon Gagne.  While Danny Briere and Claude Giroux – two centers – have had incredible starts offensively for the Orange and Black, there still lacks a constant production from the players who man the wings.  Scott Hartnell is looking far better than he did at this point last season, and Ville Leino appears to be getting his legs back under him after off-season hip surgery, but players like James van Riemsdyk and Nikolay Zherdev need to start finding the back of the net to supply the Flyers with a larger dose of secondary scoring.  Zherdev has been so unimpressive thus far that he’s spent the last two games in a suit as a healthy scratch.

The Flyers’ wingers are a strong group on paper, but just haven’t been there all that much statistically this season thus far.  Of course, it’s early, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t come around, but questions start to linger the longer it takes for such an event to happen.  Hopefully more wingers can find the score sheet come tomorrow’s contest against Carolina.

Sam Carchidi offers his take on the lack of scoring from the wings thus far this season right here: INSIDE THE FLYERS: LOOKING FOR SCORING FROM THE WINGS

2010 Will Be JVR’s Season

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on September 27, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

First off, I apologize for being MIA this past weekend.  I was away, now I’m back.  Now, on to some reading material:

When James van Riemsdyk made the Flyers roster out of Training Camp last season, there was an understandable excitement around the news. van Riemsdyk, the 2007 NHL Entry Draft’s number two overall pick behind Patrick Kane, had spent the previous two seasons at the University of New Hampshire honing his skills before make the leap to professional hockey. Now, as a member of the Flyers, van Riemsdyk was looking to make the jump to the pros smoothly.

2010 could bring big things for van Riemsdyk

Unfortunately for JVR, that did not happen.

Fans, coaches, and management alike were left scratching their heads at what seemed to be a player with a ton of potential, but just with the inability to make ends meet and be consistent on the ice. Of course, JVR’s rookie season wasn’t horrible by any means, and the 21-year-old was among the league leaders in rookie scoring, as well as getting some outside consideration for Rookie of the Year. van Riemsdyk finished the 2009-2010 season with totals of 15 goals, 20 assists, and 35 points while also being -1 overall. As I said, not bad, but given what the pick ahead of him – Patrick Kane – was able to accomplish in his first season in the National Hockey League, I think that the organization and fan base may have expected a little more from him.

Fast forward to the 2010-2011 preseason and it’s already very apparent that we are seeing a different James van Riemsdyk. 10+ more pounds of muscle added to his already imposing 6’3” frame makes JVR suddenly a very intimidating presence out on the ice. Combine the size and brute strength with the skill we know he possesses on top of his world-class speed, and there’s reason to believe that JVR will not only avoid a Sophomore slump this season, but may put up even better numbers than we saw last year. van Riemsdyk has yet to register a point in the preseason, but, to me, that’s irrelevant. What I’ve seen from JVR tells me everything I need to know about how he will perform this season. He’s hustling to every loose puck, he’s winning the battles in the corners, and he hasn’t been reluctant in the least bit to take the body on a consistent basis.

It’s unclear at this point what line the Flyers will have JVR on when the regular season begins in Pittsburgh. What is clear, however, is that whoever he plays with will reap the benefits of playing alongside a rebuilt, retooled, and suddenly experienced power forward who is going to have a breakout season in 2010.

Follow JVR on Twitter: @JVReemer21