Before the Flyers played their matinee game against San Jose, they called up forward Jordan Weal from Lehigh Valley, originally a 3rd round draft pick from the Kings.
Weal was aquired from Los Angeles last year in the trade that sent Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier to the Kings. This move freed up cap space for the Flyers, and they got Jordan Weal out of it. Weal is currently 2nd in the entire AHL in points, and with the way he has been performing, there is no way that he shouldn’t be on an NHL roster.
Jordan Weal can bring many skills to the Flyers roster that some players do not possess, like secondary scoring and speed. Weal is a skill player and is a solid replacement for Travis Konecny, who is out with an injury for 4-6 weeks.
Weal not only showed plenty of promise against the Sharks, but also has shown that he deserves to be on an NHL roster. But here is the question: When Konecny returns, who might Weal replace?
My prediction: Jordan Weal will stay with the Flyers. I believe that he is too good to stay in the AHL. I would love to say that he will replace Dale Weise, who has been a disappointment this season, especially with how much money he is making. Most likely, the 24 year old playmaker will find his niche with the Flyers and replace Nick Cousins at 3rd line center. Cousins has not met expectations this season, and it is very possible that he could be dealt at the deadline.
Expect Weal to slot in to the second line for the near future This kid is exciting to watch, and it is only a matter of time until he tallies his first few NHL points.
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