July 8 Philadelphia Daily News
“Eric Wellwood won’t admit that he is tired of the comparisons people make between him and his older brother, Kyle, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks.
After all, it isn’t often that Eric – a Flyers draft pick in 2009 – is mentioned in a sentence without his brother being introduced.
Aside from the last name, Wellwood knows the comparisons don’t hold weight – and he is fine with that.
“Every time they talk about me, they bring up my brother,” Wellwood said yesterday after wrapping up the first day of on-ice conditioning at the Flyers’ annual prospect camp. “It’s funny when people try to compare us, we’re total opposites.
“My game is all speed and shooting, dumping it in the corners and going to get it myself. He is more finesse, more laid-back. I think maybe people are starting to realize that our game doesn’t have as much in common as one might think.”
Wellwood, 20, turned heads last season in Windsor (OHL) after doubling his point total from 2008-09 while helping the Spitfires to a Memorial Cup championship. Skating with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Taylor Hall, couldn’t have hurt, either.
Halfway through last season, the Flyers signed the 5-11, 179-pound winger to a 3-year entry-level deal. The Flyers picked him in the sixth round (No. 172 overall) last summer.
“That was a big relief,” Wellwood said. “I accomplished all of the goals that I set individually – and we accomplished all of the goals as a team that we wanted to. Next season, my goal is to make the Phantoms. I’d also like to play a few games with the Flyers.”
For now, Wellwood is relying on his brother for conditioning tips. He has a leg up on his competition as he already knows what challenges lie ahead.
“I’m going to have to get bigger and stronger, that’s my No. 1 priority,” Wellwood said. “I also think that I’ve got to get my passing down and my playmaking down. If I could accomplish those goals, I’d be pretty happy.”
If he could accomplish those goals, some may start comparing his brother to him – and not the other way around.”