Weegar got his first point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blackhawks Head coach Joel Quenneville has given Weegar a role with Aaron Ekblad on the team's top defensive unit to start the season, and he's looked right at home. The 27-year-old showed flashes of promise last season but was hampered by multiple injuries that limited him to only 45 games. Weegar is unlikely to fill up the scoresheet -- he has only 42 points in 174 career games -- but he is likely to continue skating over 20 minutes a night as the Panthers look to solve their defensive deficiencies.
Weegar is matched up with Aaron Ekblad to start training camp, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. The duo will likely open the regular season together as the Panthers' top defensive pairing. Weegar was hampered by a variety of injuries last season -- only managing to play 45 games -- but made the most of the opportunities by setting career highs with seven goals and 18 points.
Weegar inked a three-year, $9.75 million deal with Florida on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Weegar saw a huge uptick in ice time last season, as he averaged over 20 minutes per game for the first time in his three-year NHL career. The defender's offensive ceiling remains in the 20-25 point range, which is in part due to his lack of power-play opportunities, but his defensive capabilities could bolster Aaron Ekblad's numbers by allowing him to jump into the play more often.
Weegar (undisclosed) joined his teammates for Thursday's practice session, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Weegar sat out the team's exhibition against the Lightning but seems to be all set to play in Game 1 against the Islanders on Saturday. The blueliner managed six points in his previous 17 contests and likely won't factor much into the power play, which makes him a mid-range fantasy option, at best.
Weegar (undisclosed) isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Lightning, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. It isn't clear why Weegar isn't participating Wednesday, but at this point there's no reason to believe he's in danger of missing Saturday's Game 1 against the Islanders. The 26-year-old defenseman picked up 18 points in 45 games during the regular season.
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