Former Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellemare flourishing in Vegas
On June 21, 2017, a new team came into the NHL and due to the format, the Philadelphia Flyers surrendered Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the expansion draft. The Vegas Golden Knights were that team coming into the league. The Flyers, a team that lacks good two-way players, lost one of its best. The 33-year-old former Flyer, Bellemare, was picked up by the in time for the 2014-15 season.
Though his +/- wound up negative throughout his time in Philly, it did nothing to take away from his gritty edge. Bellemare played 81 games in his first season in the City of Brotherly Love and would finish that year at a -3. Unfortunately, he would stay in the negatives for his two remaining seasons.
Change of Scenery
Of course, a player who sticks in the negatives will not seem all too impressive, but Bellemare is different. How is he different? Well, he was and most likely always will be that gritty bottom-liner who always gives opposing stars a hard time. It is no secret that the Flyers are currently in need of such players. Current goaltender, Brian Elliot, may even agree.
Throughout Bellemare’s time with the Vegas Golden Knights, he has set new personal bests. In the 2017-18 season, he played 72 games and managed a career-high 16 points. Also, to go along with that personal best, he went positive for the first time in his NHL career with a +5.
Though the Golden Knights as a unit have shocked the hockey world with their inaugural success, they finished third in the Western Conference and won the Pacific Division Title.
The former Flyer has suited up for 12 games this postseason with the Golden Knights. He has been quiet amongst stats, however, he is making his presence felt by shutting down opposing stars. Currently, he and the Golden Knights are tied with the Jets at one game apiece heading back to Vegas for Game Three on May 16.
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