Weal will miss Sunday's game versus the Canucks due to an upper-body ailment. The report adds that Weal will be checked out further ahead of Wednesday's home game against the Capitals. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds, the winger could afford to bulk up to drive away the injury bug more consistently. He's also looking for his first point after 17 games spread out over two seasons, including his initial cup of coffee with the Kings in 2015-16.
Weal was recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley on Friday. While there's no guarantee that he'll be in the lineup against the Sharks on Saturday, Weal ascends to the NHL in the wake of news that Travis Konecny will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury. Detractors of Weal are quick to point out his diminutive stature -- he's 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds -- as a limiting factor, but that seems overblown, as he's shredded AHL competition to the tune of 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) in 43 games this season.
Weal was "loaned" to AHL Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Weal was sent down to hockey minors temporarily in order to make room on the Opening Night roster for Roman Lyubimov. Lyubimov has 185 games of KHL experience under his belt which the Flyers appear to value higher than Weal's 14 games of NHL experience. Prior to an injury plagued 2015-16 campaign, Weal averaged nearly a point-per-game over two consecutive seasons in the AHL which gives promise that he'll eventually earn his way onto an NHL roster long-term.
Weal was placed on waivers by the Flyers on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Weal was fighting for one of the team's final roster spots but appears to have lost out. It's a bit of a surprise move by the Flyers, as Weal could be a candidate to be claimed off waivers. If not, he will likely be sent to AHL Lehigh Valley.
Weal (upper body) has been taken off injured reserve according to the NHL's official media site. Weal has played in only three contests since being acquired by the Flyers and failed to register a single point in those outings. While the 23-year-old is now available to return, whether or not he cracks the lineup remains to be seen.
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