2008-09: The younger brother of forward Kyle Wellwood, Eric Wellwood helped the Windsor Spitfires win the OHL championship and the Memorial Cup. Wellwood began the season relegated to a shutdown and checking role. Through 61 games, Wellwood scored 16 goals and 18 assists. As the season progressed, so too did Wellwood in both his play and his offensive acumen. In the post-season, Wellwood was among the top OHL scorers, tallying 10 goals and 11 assists through 20 playoff games, including the game-winning goal that eliminated the London Knights. Wellwood was not ranked by Central Scouting.
2009-10: A breakout season came for the undrafted Forward, scoring 31 goals for the first time to go with 37 assists on the season. He would add 10 points in the OHL Playoffs and 6 points in the Memorial Cup to win his second OHL Championship and Memorial Cup.
2010-11: Wellwood made his NHL debut in November, skating in three games for the Flyers, and was one of the better forwards for the Flyers’ offensively-challenged AHL affiliate Adirondack. He had 1 assist and was +1 averaging over 13 minutes per game in his stint with the Flyers. The two-time Memorial Cup winner scored 16 goals with 12 assists and was -15 with 24 PMs as a 20-year-old in 73 games for Adirondack, which failed to make the AHL playoffs.
2011-12: Slowed by an injury early in the year, Wellwood appeared in just one November game with the Flyers before being re-called in February; spending the first half of the year with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate Adirondack. Once he returned to the Flyers he earned the trust of the Flyers’ coaches, skating in a lower line role for the rest of the year and playing in all 11 playoff games. Wellwood scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was plus-12 in 24 regular season games; averaging 11 minutes of ice time. Predominantly in a checking role in the playoffs, he was minus-one with no points and 2 penalty minutes; averaging 17 shifts per game. In 33 AHL games with the Phantoms he scored 9 goals with 12 assists and was plus-two with 8 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Wellwood suffered a horrific injury in April when his lower leg was cut by his own skate in an AHL contest. Following surgery to repair tendon and ligament damage he is expected to be out until January 2014. He appeared in four games with the Flyers in January following the end of the lockout, finishing with no points nor penalty minutes and averaging 9:25 minutes of ice time, and spent most of the season with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack. In 58 games with the Phantoms he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was -4 with 10 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Wellwood was tendered a qualifying offer by the Flyers in July of 2013.
Eric plays a similar game to Kyle in that the two have similar size and agility, and neither is overly physical. Though Eric’s offensive instincts are less than Kyle’s, his performance in the defensive end of the rink is superior. Plays on the PK. Plays bigger than his size.
Wellwood's future is cloudy at the moment. He'll have to show that he has no lasting effects from his injury, but won't begin that process until January of 2014 at the earliest. Assuming he plays at all in 2013-14, that time will likely be spent with Adirondack of the AHL.