Wellwood ready for battle

Philadelphia Flyers' Eric Wellwood during an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

With so few players in the Flyers’ abbreviated training camp, Eric Wellwood can do the math. Wellwood, who played important minutes in all 11 Stanley Cup playoff games, is no stranger to competition as he hopes to win back the job he ended last season with.

“I know that it comes down to a numbers game at some point,” Wellwood said. “I’ve been in this spot many times before. I know what I need to do to be successful at this level.”

Wellwood said he hasn’t had many conversations with coach Peter Laviolette about his role, or where he might fit in the Flyers’ plans.

Wellwood is believed to be battling with Scott Laughton, Tom Sestito, and Tye McGinn for two roster spots in the opening night lineup. That’s assuming Jody Shelley has a spot locked up, since he was one of the Flyers’ most religious skaters at Voorhees during the lockout and he’s an important locker room presence. 

That number could increase to three spots, since Danny Briere (wrist) is unlikely to be ready to play in the first weekend.

Wellwood, who has been lauded by Laviolette for his speed and ability on the forecheck, had a rough start to his tenure with the Phantoms. He was scratched for a period of 3 straight games, before rebounding on a line with Terry Murray to play strong in his final 10 games.

“I want to play my best and let the chips fall where they may,” Wellwood said. “When the lineup comes out on Saturday, you’ll either have a spot or you’ll know that you have some work to do.”

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