Player Profile: Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver was acquired by the Canadiens from Florida at the trade deadline of last season for a 5th round draft pick in the 2015 draft. Listed at 5-10 and 183 pounds, he was brought in to address defensive depth on the right side for relatively cheap.His current contract is worth $1.75 million. When he first arrived, fans questioned his ability to provide a top 6 shut down role. They were quickly proven wrong. Over the last 17 games of the season, Weaver posted 7 points, including his first goal of the season. He was also a positive 9 over that span of time and blocked 34 shots. In addition, he really stepped up in the playoff run. Over the 17 games he played in, he contributed 4 points, and was a +8.

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Mike was born on May 2nd 1978, in Brampton, Ontario. He was selected by the Guelph Storm in the 7th round of the OHL draft but decided to play OHA Junior A (Ontario Junior Hockey league) in order to remain eligible to play in the NCAA. When his time in the OHA was done, he received a scholarship to play for the Michigan State Spartans. Over this time he was awarded the best defenseman award twice, as well as two all-star team selections. After college, he signed with the Atlanta Thrashers as an unsigned free agent. He would spend four years in the organization, most of it with Atlanta’s AHL team. In 2004, he signed with the Kings, and after spending the locked-out season of 2004-2005 in the AHL, he made the jump to the NHL in 2005 and remained there until 2007. In ’07, he was signed by the Penguins, but was almost immediately put on waivers, where he was picked up by Vancouver. The next season he was once again signed by St. Louis, where he would spend two seasons, before heading to the South to link up with the Panthers. Weaver could be described as a journeyman, but I believe if he had remained with a single team, he could have been a fantastic bottom four defenseman.

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For my predictions, I think Weaver will be a solid 3rd paring with around 15:00 TOI per game who could play with Emelin. Additionally he will likely get some time on the penalty kill, where he has shown that he will sacrifice his body for his goaltender. Stats wise, I can see him playing in 70+ games with around 3 goals and 12 points. He will also be a positive player at around +10. Mike will be an important fixture in the Canadiens line-up, not only for playing time, but for encouraging and teaching the younger defense on the team.

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