The Weal of fortune is spinning again.
The Philadelphia Flyers are going to need a new second-line center for a few games with Nolan Patrick out, and it looks like it’s going to be Jordan Weal.
Weal was one of the five options we outlined earlier on Friday, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him get the first crack.
Weal centered Oskar Lindblom and Travis Konecny in practice.
No call-up on the ice so far this morning. #Flyers rolling with:
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Weal, a healthy scratch on Wednesday night, was the only change to the lineup at practice on Friday.
Here is what we said about Weal earlier today:
Jordan Weal has gotten opportunity after opportunity to earn a spot in the lineup and he’s come up small in each one. He had a chance on the third line for the home opener, but didn’t do much. The former-AHL star has shown flashes of brilliance when confident, but he seems to get lost in his head when it’s not going so well.
He had 12 points in the final 19 games of the 2016-17 season, playing mostly with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds. He has 21 points in his 88 other NHL games
Weal was in competition for the third-line center role in training camp, so he could get a chance at filling in for Patrick for a few games. He has played well with top players in the past, but his defensive ability at center could be a liability.
We’ll see how Weal does with this chance, if he even gets it. Travis Konecny left practice on Friday after taking a shot to the foot. That could shake things up once again.
The Flyers host the Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.