Jordan Weal just might be one of the best players in the CHL. Yet, do you know who The Regina Pat centre is? You should.
The 19 year
old is enjoying a sensational season in the Queen City. The reigning
WHL player of the month enters Wednesday's action
with 86 points, just one off the league lead. Weal is a 3rd round pick of
the Los Angeles Kings in 2010 and has represented his country twice in
under 18 events. Despite his stellar campaign, the product of North
Vancouver was never invited to Canada's National
Junior Team's final selection camp. Weal was very
disappointed, but has been focused on one thing all season, leading this
storied franchise back to the playoffs. A place they have not been for
three consecutive seasons.
The burning question
surrounding Weal is, should he still be a Regina Pat? The Pat's brass
found themselves in a similar scenario with now, Edmonton Oiler, Jordan
Eberle, a couple of years ago.
They stood Pat (pardon the pun) and failed
to advance to the dance. The Pats have once
again chosen to keep their star, and I say good for them. Is it a
risk, and the organization is taking a chance by not looking to the
future and building on what is a good young crop of 17 and 16 year old
More now than ever before, I
feel being a successful organization means building a culture. A
winning culture, and the only way to do that is by having some post
season success or at least exposing your young players to the most
special and important time of the season. The 7th place Pats
even added to their arsenal when they acquired Oilers second round pick,
Martin Marincin, from the Prince George Cougars and surrendered 1st and
2nd Round picks in the upcoming draft to do so.
Yes, buyers not
sellers. And a huge reason why is their faith in
Weal. They have given this crafty talented forward the keys, with hopes
that he will drive them not only into the post season, but take them past
round one. Weal wanted to finish his junior career in red white and
As Jordan goes, so goes the Pats. He has seven game winners already this season. The Pats truly want and need to go
where they haven't been since Weal was an underage call up in
You get the feeling he wouldn't have it any other way.