TSN reporter and NHL insider Darren Dreger made waves on social media earlier today when he announced that the Vancouver Canucks are reportedly interested in signing 25 year-old forward Jordan Weal.
In 23 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016-17, the centerman scored eight goals and 12 points. In 43 games with the team’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley, he potted 15 goals and 47 points. Originally drafted in the 3rd round (70th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Weal has proved himself at the AHL level and looks poised to become an NHL regular in 2017-18. In fact, Weal claimed the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoff MVP in the Manchester Monarchs 2015 Calder Cup championship, so there’s little left for him to prove at the minor-league level.
Whether he gets his shot in Vancouver or elsewhere however, remains to be seen. What do you think Canucks fans? Could Weal be the 3rd and 4th line scoring threat that the Canucks are lacking? He’d certainly be an offensive upgrade on Brendan Gaunce and could even push Brendon Sutter to the wing in a perfect scenario.