Being in the middle of the action is what the Flyers need this season from their new forward Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers lacked a sustained physical presence in front of the net on the power play last season — actually over the last two years since Mike Knuble signed with Washington after the 2009 season.

"I just try to go to the net and try to cause a distraction," Simmonds said after the Flyers 5-4 win Wednesday over Vancouver.