Last night Dave Hakstoll decided to healthy scratch rookie left wing Travis Konecny. Through 37 games that he’s played he has 4 goals. 14 assists, and 18 points, as of late though he has struggled. He has 6 assists and 6 points in the last 15 games. While this may be a motivation tactic I can’t help but think Trav can bring a playoff contending Flyers team a lot more than one player in particular…
Dale Weise was acquired during free agency to fill the hole left by Ryan White, and signed a four-year contract ($9.4 million) with the Flyers. Since then, Weise has contributed a WHOPPING 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 points in 32 games. Amongst his lackluster offensive production is an inability to provide the energy the Flyers coaching staff expected him to bring. “I think he’s been OK,” said coach Dave Hakstol when asked about his production. “He’s had some stretches where he’s been very effective. I guess I’m not focusing on the offensive statistics. It’s just a matter of contributing every night and doing good things.”
Weise was a healthy scratch on Monday night which mirrors his play this season, non existent. He hasn’t scored a single point in 16 games. Dale believes he can bring more to the table though once he gets settled in.
“You know what, it’s just been tough,” Weise said.
“We’ve been rotating a lot of different guys. I’ve been playing with a lot of different guys. I don’t think I’ve played with the same guys for more than three games. We’ve been switching different guys, which makes it difficult. As for finding a role, it’s tough. You come to a new team and you’re starting from the bottom. You’ve got to work yourself up again. That’s the frustrating part when you’re in and out of the lineup. You don’t get to show as much as you’d like every night.”
Well one thing is true from that statement, Weise hasn’t shown us much this year. There is still much hockey to play, but it leads me to believe Weise does not posses the necessary skills to stand out or even contribute in the slightest the Flyers. While Weise hasn’t necessarily played bad i do not think he has been an effective forward for the Flyers. I know at least one player who will not be protected during this years upcoming expansion draft.