Jordan Weal wants there to be no mistake about it. The last time he played center for the Flyers wasn’t really indicative of his capabilities. Two years ago, when the Flyers acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings in the deal that saw Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn heading West, Weal factored into only four games in the Flyers’ final 44. “But that wasn’t me,” he said. “I only played 14 games (that season, between L.A. and Philly) and I had never done that before. I didn’t know how to handle it and what you saw out of those games was just a shade of what I know I can do.” Since then, the Flyers have had Weal as a winger in the NHL and was a center last year when he spent most of the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and was an All-Star. Now he’s back in the middle with Dale Weise and Wayne Simmonds as his wingers as the Flyers search for offense. A top unit of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek has produced 43 percent of the team’s points this season. “It’s not even that,” Simmonds said of the team being top heavy. “We’ve been shut out four times in 17 games. I think that’s the most in the league and it’s unacceptable. “We gotta do a better job, as I said after last game, of getting to the net, mucking it up and getting greasy. I haven’t been good myself the last, probably 10 games. It’s up to me. It’s up to the rest of the guys to get our nose dirty.” Simmonds hasn’t scored in nine games, Weal in five and Weise’s last goal game three games ago. Weal had been playing left wing with Simmonds on the right and Valtteri Filppula in the middle.
Jordan Weal moved to center as Flyers try to find scoring spark
Courier-Post | Nov 16