Flyers prospect Zayde Wisdom will be out indefinitely after undergoing shoulder surgery on Friday.
Highlighted by a fast start, Wisdom, who just turned 19 years old last month, had a productive 2020-21 season with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. With the OHL out of commission because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wisdom played at the pro level and put up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) through 28 games for the Phantoms.
At 18 years old, the Flyers' 2020 fourth-round pick opened eyes with six goals in his first seven games, while his 18 points were third most on the Phantoms.
The timing of the injury and surgery is a tough break for the winger. It's uncertain when the injury occurred or if it had been lingering, but Wisdom just recently competed at the Team Canada summer showcase, per The Athletic's Scott Wheeler. Given the timing of the procedure and the indefinite status about a month or so before Flyers training camp, it doesn't look like Wisdom will compete at all in the preseason.
After scoring 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) through 62 games for the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs during his 2019-20 draft year, Wisdom was selected by the Flyers at 94th overall and signed his entry-level deal five days later. Wisdom is a hard-working, north-south winger who can protect the puck like a pro.
"He’s a different type of player, you guys have probably read up on the history of the young man," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in October 2020. "Really impressive, impressive kid. Extremely driven.
"If and when he does make it, he’s a player that our fans are going to love just because of the heart and passion that he plays with."
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