Following a fantastic finish to his 2016-17 season, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jordan Weal has just a few months left until he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent. Ever since his call-up a month ago, Weal has been a major part of the team’s 7-3-2 final stretch, recording 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 23 games.
“A lot of hockey is just belief that you can play at certain levels,” Weal said about how it’ll impact next season. “I think having some success up here the last part of the season here really gave me that belief that I can play up here and have an impact and help the team win hockey games.”
He seemed to gel with Wayne Simmonds and Valtteri Filppula to create some offense. Weal credited the chemistry to how open and great the locker room is.
“I feel like I am a part of the team for sure,” he said. “Right when you get in the guys are a great group of guys. It’s a tough go we couldn’t get as many W’s as we wanted but for myself I can take positive things out of it.”
Following the finale of Game 82 of the season, Weal was asked about whether he wants to stay or explore a little more in free agency.
“No, I’d love to stay here,” Weal said. “This is an organization that really gave me a chance to show my stuff. When I came up this year I was in a terrific position to have success and I’m very thankful for that so I’d love to stay here and help this team win.”
Weal created offense despite being small in size and really helped generate positive plays for his teammates, which is something he says that he wants to improve on.
“I mean when you get to play with the players that I get to play with. It’s a treat up there. I’m just trying to open and get them the puck and good things are going to happen. It was a lot of fun, I learned a lot and I’m going to come back and get better.”
What’s next for Jordan Weal before he hits free agency? Maybe a trip to Lehigh Valley for the Calder Cup Playoffs?
“I don’t know how it all works. I’m not really sure,” he said when asked if he has to wait to go back. “It’s a lot of fun, you can go to the Calder Cup and win it it’s one of the funnest times of my life and it would be a lot of fun if I got the chance to go down there and win another with the boys.”
Whether he does head down to the AHL or not, Weal has been playing positive hockey and wants to continue so. More importantly, he wants to do it as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization.
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