Great plays of 2016-17: Dale Weise is pretty coordinated

Dale Weise disappointed in his first year with the Philadelphia Flyers, but his terrific assist on a Konecny goal was a truly great play.

Dale Weise got a lot of flak for his poor showing last year, and for good reason. The Philadelphia Flyers signed Weise to a 4-year, $9.4 million contract with the expectation that Weise would inject a modicum of scoring punch to the team’s bottom-6 forwards. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Weise scored a paltry 15 points in 64 games played, a significant drop from his totals of 29 and 27 points the previous two seasons.

It’s easy to say now, with the benefit of hindsight, that the Flyers shouldn’t have given him that contract. In fact, it’s probably the worst contract Ron Hextall‘s given out yet as general manager of the team.

But Weise’s strong finish to last season showed that he has the ability to turn things around. From March to the end of the season, Weise scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 14 games. In addition, his shot generation metrics were strong all year. His even-strength relative Corsi For% of 2.9 was 4th best among Flyers forwards receiving regular ice time. If Weise and his linemates can finish a few more of the shots they create, the Flyers’ bottom-6 will see considerable improvement.

With all that said, let’s get to the good stuff. His assist on this Travis Konecny goal is well deserving of a spot in this series of great Flyers plays.

I spent a decent portion of my last article on Claude Giroux‘s shootout goal fawning over hockey players’ incredible skill, and this is another play well worth a good fawn or two. Not only does Weise have the coordination to make a soccer-style kick pass to himself, he also manages to tap the puck out of midair with just enough touch for Konecny to slam it past the goalie. Hockey players, man. They’re pretty talented.

Weise is certainly more concerned with improving his production of garden-variety goals and assists. But hey, if it doesn’t work out with the Flyers, the Premier League is waiting for him.

(Stats via Hockey Reference)