After Travis Konecny went down with a lower-body injury that will force him to miss four to six weeks, General Manager Ron Hextall had a tough decision to make: who should replace the rookie forward? Through 51 games this year, Konecny has recorded seven goals and 15 assists and leads the team in points per 60 minutes with 1.69. Considering the Flyers struggles to produce offensively, it would only make sense for the GM to call up a player that can score. Insert Jordan Weal
Weal came to Philadelphia via a trade with the Los Angeles Kings where the Flyers sent defender Luke Schenn and center Vincent Lecavalier. The 24-year-old has a similar built and play making ability of Konecny and has been showing off his talents in the AHL. So far this season Weal has produced 15 goals and 32 assists in 43 games. His 47 points currently rank second in the league which lead to him being named to his second AHL all-star team. He also has been on a roll as of late, recording 14 points in 11 games in the month of January which led him to being named the CCM/AHL player of the month.
This isn’t the first year that Weal has lit up the AHL. Between 2013 and 2015 Weal played in 149 AHL games for the Manchester Monarchs, recording 139 points (43 goals and 96 assists). He also dominated the AHL playoffs in 2015 where his 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists) in 19 playoff games helped lead the Monarchs to the Calder Cup and won him the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP.
Weal made his NHL debut in 2016 with the Kings where he only played in 10 games, failing to record a point before he was traded to the Flyers. He only managed to play in four games for the Flyers, again failing to record a point and saw himself as a healthy scratch for most of last season. However, he came ready to play this preseason, recording two goals and one assist in five preseason games before finding himself in Lehigh Valley to start the year.
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