2007-08: Dale Weise, now 20 years old, was not drafted in the first year he declared his eligibility for the NHL Entry Draft. However, after completing his third season as a member of the WHL Swift Current Broncos, the New York Rangers selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Weise, a late bloomer, progressed each year in the WHL. During the 2007-08 season, the big winger played in all situations, led the Broncos in goals and was tied for the team lead in both power play and shorthanded goals.
The recent draft pick was so impressive in both the 2008 Traverse City Rookie Tournament and the Rangers main training camp that the blueshirts signed him to an Entry-Level contract.
2008-09: Weise had a limited year offensively but was valuable as an energy level agitator in his first pro season with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). Most of Weise’s 23 points came in the last two months of the season as he finished with 11 goals and 12 assists and was +8 with 64 PMs in 74 games. Weise appeared in all six playoff games for Hartford, which lost to Worcester in the first round after finishing first in the Atlantic Division. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -2 with 2 PMs in the playoffs.
2009-10: Weise was the third-leading scorer for AHL Hartford in his second pro season. He scored 28 goals with 22 assists and was +8 with 114 PMs in 73 games. The Wolf Pack slipped to sixth in the Atlantic Division and failed to reach the playoffs.
2010-11: Weise made his NHL debut with the Rangers in a limited, energy role and provided offense and physical play for AHL affiliate Connecticut. Weiss played his first game with the Rangers in December and appeared in nine January games. In 10 NHL games he was scoreless and -1 with 19 PMs and averaged 6:30 of ice time per game. In 47 regular season AHL games Weise was second on the team with 18 goals and had 20 assists with a -14 plus/minus and 73 PMs. He skated in 5 of 6 playoff games in the Whale’s first round lost to Portland and scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -2 with 8 PMs. Weise signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in June 2011.
Weise is a gritty character winger, who has some offensive upside and good leadership abilities. Although willing to fight to protect teammates, it is not his strength, but Weise is strong on the puck and can provide energy at the NHL level.
Weise was traded for the second time in two years, this time by the Montreal Canadiens along with Tomas Fleischmann to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Phillip Danault and a second round pick