The Los Angeles Kings waited until the 3rd round, #70 overall to select Center Jordan Weal from the Regina Pats of the WHL. Weal is a talented player, if quite small and the Los Angeles Kings did well to select him in the 3rd round. Any later and he likely would have been snapped up by another team. Any earlier would likely have been a bit of a reach for the diminuitive forward.
As if the Kings needed to get smaller, Weal is listed at between 5’8″ and 5’10″, but since the numbers tend to be inflated, I assume he’s closer to the former. He weighs in at about 165 lbs, so he’s not a very large player to be sure. Despite that fact, he’s been quite a point machine in the WHL, at least last season, when he scored 35 goals, together with 67 assists for a whopping 102 points. An impressive total that was almost certainly inflated somewhat by playing on a line with NHL hot prospect Eberle. It’s a large total, and even more appealing to Kings fans, since it put him at #3 in the WHL scoring charts, ensuring Kings domination of the chart.
Weal is a tough player, especially for his size, and is known for playing a fierce, tenacious game on the forecheck. In addition, he’s one of only five players in the past decade to net 100 or more points in only his second season in juniors. To put that in perspective, the other players are John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Sam Gagner, and Tyler Seguin. Not bad company, and if he comes anywhere close to those players the Kings will have an impressive find on their hands.
In general I’d say Weal was a good selection, and one that will hopefully pay dividends in the future. However, as a youngster in the WHL, and a small youngster at that, it will be a while before we see his impact on the professional level. In the meantime we can continue to watch his career and see if he’s able to match his totals from this year even after Eberle moves on to the NHL.
What do you think? Like this pick in the 3rd round? Think the Kings could have gotten him later?