Ever productive in the AHL, it took Jordan Weal a while to find his way into a steady gig at hockey's highest level, but he enjoyed a solid run down the stretch last season, putting up eight goals and 12 points with 49 shots over 23 games -- nice stats for just 14:19 of average ice time. Weal may be a tad undersized, but he's a dynamic offensive talent who's versatile enough to play center or wing. It's at left wing where he has the most potential to win a major role, as Weal appears destined for a top-six assignment this season, maybe even on the first line alongside Claude Giroux. It won't cost much for fantasy owners to acquire him on draft day, but you know better now, so don't sleep on Weal's talent.
Weal signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers on Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN.ca reports. Weal was able to play 23 NHL games in 2016-17, scoring eight goals and recording four helpers. When in the lineup, he manned the power play and fired 49 shots on goal. What made him worthy of free-agency hype, though, was the way he tore up the minors, scoring 15 goals and 47 points in 43 games for AHL Lehigh Valley. Weal is due to get a good shot at some serious NHL time in 2017-18 now that Brayden Schenn has been traded to the Blues.
Weal will not be signing with Vegas, effectively ruling him out as an expansion-draft selection, Pierre Lebrun of TSN reports. After back-to-back seasons of signing one-year deals as a restricted free agent, Weal will finally get the opportunity to test the market. The 25-year-old played in just 23 games this past year, but he managed to rack up eight goals and four helpers in addition to averaging more than a point per game in the minors with AHL Lehigh Valley. There will be plenty of suitors for the center's signature, including the Golden Knights, who could still swoop in on him once free agency kicks off July 1.
Weal (illness) will slot back into the lineup against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Weal was starting to get into a groove before getting sick, as he compiled four goals and a pair of helpers in his previous five outings. He's totaled 11 points in 21 contests this season, and fantasy owners will certainly want to keep an eye on the 24-year-old as training camp kicks off for the 2017-18 campaign. If he can secure a regular spot in the lineup, the center has shown the ability to put pucks into the back of the net.
Weal will not play Tuesday night's away game against the Devils after coming down with the flu, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports. Weal was riding a five-game point streak during which he netted four goals and added two assists, so it's unfortunate that he'll have to sit with an illness at this juncture. He'll have until Saturday to rest up before the Flyers take on the Blue Jackets, but in the meantime, Chris VandeVelde will draw into the lineup for Tuesday's contest.
Weal extended his goal-scoring streak to four games and four goals with a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Devils. He has five points (four goals, one assist) in his last four games. Weal has been productive at every level he's played and he's showing that in the NHL. His nine goals and two assists in 21 games bode well for next season.
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