When the clock hit zero in Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, the Flyers knew it was a learning curve for the younger players. What one player in Jordan Weal did not know was how his future would shape up with the orange and black.
Now with a new season on the horizon, Weal is trying to make the most of every opportunity he can get. Ron Hextall reiterated many times throughout the off-season of Weal being a possible candidate for the third line Center vacancy. These are big words coming from the head honcho himself, and Weal knows that, “It’s nice to hear. I’m a natural Centerman,” Weal says.
Weal continues, “Whatever I can do to help the team. I’ve played Center for 90% of my career. If I get a chance to help the team that way, then I think I could help to do that well. Whatever I can do to help the team night in and night out. I’d go to another area if need be, and the second half of last year that’s what every one was doing.”
This young man in Weal played on the Wing for the majority of last season, with the exception for a few games where he was used as a Center. Weal did not have the season he thought he would have, as he only potted 8 goals, and 13 assists in 69 games played in 2017-18. Moreover, Weal was a healthy scratch for some games in the Regular season, as well as, the Playoffs where he only suited up in one game. However, Weal remained upbeat in the off-season, and was very excited to get going this Training Camp.
“Excited this Camp. Just to show what I can do at this position. The best part of my game is in the middle of the ice. Of course, the first day was tough, but good. I’m just excited to be back out there.”
The truth of the matter is Weal just wants to win. He wants to show what he can do on a nightly basis. Whether, that’s on the Penalty Kill or the Power Play, or any facet of the game the coaching staff asks of him. Weal can do a little bit of everything if need be, and chip in where ever they need him. He along with many other NHL players are used to multi-tasking.
“Yeah if there’s an opportunity that comes up, it’s about doing the little things. Special teams are a big part of the game. It can affect games, or change the momentum. If you find yourself in that position you got to do it to help the team win.”
Another season comes and another season goes, but Weal’s family will always be in his heart. His family supports him through thick and thin, and they help him get through the difficult times.
“Their everything. They’re there for me to fall back on, especially when the times are good and bad. My parents keep me humble, and keep me down to earth. I’m definitely happy to have them, and like you said they’re my back bone.”
Weal is really standing out in camp, and the pre-season thus far. It appears he has his confidence back, and that may be something that was lacking last season. Whatever the case maybe, Weal is dedicated to a two-way game, and hopes to gain Dave Hakstol’s trust throughout the season. One thing is certain Flyers fans, the future is bright in Flyer land.
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