June 29th, 2014, 11:18 PM #1
Can Jordan Weal break thru in 2014-15?
With Vey gone, Weal is now next FW in line for AHL call-up in the Kings Org.
I hope he gets at least something like the relatively decent chance Vey got last year (18 games).
Weal has been described as having a more "gonzo" on-ice personality than Vey, and gets more physically-involved
in games, and has more of a "swashbuckling" style than Vey, who is still adapting to NHL-level physicality.
Weal is faster than Vey, and at least as gifted, if not a tad more.
If Weal is flexible in terms of being ready to play either RW or Center, it would help, since it's hard to imagine
the team could go the whole season without either any centers or RWs out for any games.
I think I read somewhere Weal played RW on the PP at Manchester, but I'm not positive.
Can anybody confirm any time spent at RW for Weal at all, either in Manch, or in Junior?
My greatest curiosity is about how Weal would do at RW on the King's top line with Kopi/Gaborik.
(Palms are probably hitting faces all over, right?)
OK, bring it on.
I don't care what anyone says. Some time in 2014-15, I'd love to see
Fast enough for you?
June 29th, 2014, 11:27 PM #2
Don't see it. I'm sure he'll get a call-up, but, like Vey will face huge adversity when trying to break into the lineup. Outside of Trevor Lewis, I don't see anyone he could "dethrone", and Lewis, just like King, is the coach's pet, so highly doubt it.
Out of all the players in Manchester, the closest I see to making a jump is Forbort. With Regehr most likely stepping down after this year and Marty heading to FA, we'll be back to needing at least one LH defenseman to come in, even if McNabb hangs on. I wouldn't mind a Vounov-Forbort pair.
June 30th, 2014, 12:01 AM #3
Weal is a terrific skater, and a more dynamic player than Vey, but I don't see him playing wing for the Kings. For one, he's not the biggest guy in the world, and the team likes big wingers. He's also more of a playmaker type than a scoring type, which means he's a center at heart. I think the team will want to have him be the #1 center at Manch for a while before they consider him for the big team. I'd love to see him get a chance someday, but I wonder if that day will ever come.
IMO Andreoff is the most ready for the NHL from the Monarchs. Power, size and the all important compete level makes him a Kings type of third or fourth line winger.
June 30th, 2014, 07:36 AM #4
You're somehow insinuating, whether intentional or not, that Trevor Lewis and Dwight King have not earned some regular playing time.
Originally Posted by FabrizioHC
I think I'd have to disagree with that.
June 30th, 2014, 07:57 AM #5
Well, they don't score a ton of points so they must suck, thus the only reason that they get ice time is that they're the coach's pet.
Originally Posted by Leatherface
June 30th, 2014, 08:23 AM #6
Trevor Lewis scoring points would be a sure sign of the apocalypse or satanic dealings. I've never seen a guy so snakebit.
June 30th, 2014, 08:44 AM #7
Weal just needs to keep doing what he's doing...
So we can get a 2nd rounder for him at next year's draft.
June 30th, 2014, 09:41 AM #8
June 30th, 2014, 09:53 AM #9
Big Centers are more important than big wingers due to the down low d responsibility.
Originally Posted by KHenry14
June 30th, 2014, 09:54 AM #10
For sure, but on the bright side, he will have his own planet someday.
Originally Posted by jammer06