Philadelphia Flyers: Dale Weise’s Up and Down Season

Philadelphia Flyers veteran winger, Dale Weise, had an inconsistent  season his first year in Philadelphia to say the least.

Flashback to July 1st, Ron Hextall and the Philadelphia Flyers announced a 4 year deal  (averaging 2.35 million per season) with the big 6’2, 206 pound, right winger. Weise was coming off career high 14 goals with the Montreal Canadiens. Expectations were high that the forward would improve on that total.

Then Weise’s  season started with a low, picking up just two points in his first 14 games of the season. Weise’s season, however, would end on a high. He scored six times in his last 14 games of the season, including the fastest Gordie Howe Hat trick in NHL history. The Winnipeg native finished the season scoring 8 goals, and 7 assists for 15 points in 64 games played in his inaugural season in the Orange and Black.

Weise told CSN Philly the following regarding  his late season success:

“I think that’s the player I know I can be.. It’s nice to have a little chemistry with your linemates and get a chance to play for a couple games together. Things start to make it easier for you and playing a little more minutes, getting a little opportunity.”

The line of Dale Weise, Brayden Schenn (LW) and Sean Couturier (C) came together following the NHL trade deadline and supplied a spark, as the team won eight of their last eleven games.  The new look line scored and added physical play. The addition of Valtteri Filppula made this possible. With the well rounded center in the mix  the Flyers possessed three balanced lines. Dale Weise was a  major benefactor of the new system.

The 28-year-old has three more seasons on his current deal in Philadelphia and is carrying momentum into his second season.