23-Year-Old Center – Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Weal Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings in July 2015. Deal is worth $632,500 at the NHL level.
Weal is expected to make his NHL debut Friday against the Coyotes, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
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Weal's second season in the AHL was a nice step up from his previous effort, as he scored 23 goals and added 47 assists in 76 games for Manchester. He'll look to continue his development in the AHL again this season, and a strong start could land him in L.A. if injuries open up a spot.
Weal didn't get as much ice time at Manchester (AHL) as he had in the WHL, but it was still an encouraging debut season in the AHL for the dimunitive Weal. His lack of size (generously listed as 5-10 by all accounts) is going to be a bigger factor in the AHL than it was in the WHL, but he's shown he can still compete against older and larger opponents. He'll head back to the AHL with an eye on playing his way into more ice time.
Weal was once again his team's dominant offensive force, racking up 41 goals and 116 points for Regina in the WHL. No other teammate had more than 55 points and Weal's 116 points were good for fifth overall in the league. He'll need to add some bulk to his frame if he wants to produce in the upper ranks of the minors, though. Look for him to start this season in the AHL.
Weal enjoyed another fine season in the WHL. He may not have posted as many points (96) as the previous year (102) but he didn't have Jordan Eberle on his team this year so it may have been a more impressive effort. He led his team in goals (43) and assists (53) with no other teammate scoring more than 18 goals or having more than 52 points. He'll need to add some bulk to his frame (5'8", 158 pounds) if he wants to produce in the professional ranks however. He's expected to start the season again in juniors after a brief cup of coffee in the AHL at the end of last season.
Weal was the Kings' 3rd round selection in the 2010 draft after a big year in the WHL (35 G, 67 A in 72 games) for Regina. In fact, he was the first 17-year old to surpass the 100-point mark in the WHL in over a decade. He's listed as a generous 5'10" and that may be fudging things a bit. He's an intriguing prospect and one to keep an eye on in the coming years.