Regular Season Stats
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had himself a very interesting 2016-17 season. Within the course of the year, the 32-year-old forward suited up for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, played in a career high 82 games, was nominated for the Bill Masterston Memorial Trophy, played for France in the IIHF World Championship and was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL expansion draft.
Bellemare gave the Flyers exactly what they expected out of him with solid fourth line minutes, a physical presence on the ice and major contributions to the penalty kill. He finished in the top ten on the team in hits (73), blocked shots (70) and takeaways (24). Only Ivan Provolov had more shorthanded ice time this past season than Bellemare’s 226:56.
Even though the Flyers struggled to score goals for most of the season, Bellemare was a fixture on Dave Hakstol’s fourth line all season long despite only putting up eight points.
Bellemare’s high point of the season came when he scored goals in back-to-back game versus the Vancouver Canucks on January 12….
….and again on January 14 against the Boston Bruins.
With Bellemare playing in Vegas next year, it will be interesting to see how Hakstol replaces Bellemare on the fourth line and more importantly on the penalty kill.