Weegar scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's 7-2 win over the Red Wings. The multi-point effort was also Weegar's first of the year. The 27-year-old defenseman is enjoying riding the coat-tails of the Panthers' red-hot offense and now has seven points through 15 games, a pace that would allow him to set a new career scoring high even in this season's shortened schedule.
Weegar picked up his third helper of the season in Friday's 2-1 win over the Predators. The assist came on the game-winning goal by Aleksander Barkov late in the second period. Weegar also recorded three shots, two hits and two blocks in the game, which kept the Panthers undefeated in regulation so far this season. The 27-year-old remains a steady defensive presence on the Cats' top pairing. While his main role is allowing his defensive partner Aaron Ekblad to get more involved in the offense, Weegar is no slouch himself when he gets a chance to join the rush. Last season, he tallied seven goals and 18 points in 45 games.
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.
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