Word tonight that he’s probably lost his career. The Leafs are apparently going to let him go as a UFA even though he isn’t yet eligible. They’re moving on, they have other players (and will acquire more) and they need to find out about the new kids in the next season.
Wellwood is 5-10, 180, earned about one million dollars last season and scored 8-13-21 in 59 games (minus 12). His PP numbers (5-7-12) were pretty much half of his offense. At EVs he played with average linemates and against lesser opposition and managed a poor 0.97 pts/60. Among Oilers regulars (forwards), only Jarret Stoll (0.76) had a poorer number and he was doing some heavy lifting.
On the powerplay he performs at 4.11/60 which is Dustin Penner territory.
Wellwood’s problem is that he has so many things that are average or below (size, speed, soft, injury prone, can’t check his hat) that it overpowers the things he can do (he can create offense and make wonderful passes in scoring zones, plus he’s not a bad PP option).
Will he get another job in the show with a different NHL team? I think he will. There are teams in the NHL whose forward depth is so poor Wellwood could catch on as a 4line option and gather minutes (if healthy) as others fall away. Toronto apparently has no use for Wellwood. They may be willing to invest those at-bats in a prospect from their organization or trade for another player with similar skills.
Say, Rob Schremp.