Justin Weller
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Justin Weller

Hometown:

Daysland Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-07-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (105th overall), 2009

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Even though Justin Weller saw his season limited to just 32 games on one of the worst teams in the WHL, Phoenix still saw something in enough in his game to pick him up in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Weller appeared in 71 games for the Red Deer Rebels, putting up 2 goals and 7 assists. The defender also added 88 PIMs to go with his -4 rating. In the playoffs Weller picked up 1 assist in 4 games.

2010-11: Weller was a standout stay-at-home defensemen in his fourth WHL season playing for the Red Deer Rebels. Weller chipped in with career highs in goals (4) and assists (13) and was +24 with 104 PMs (one of five Rebels to break the 100 PM mark). Red Deer had the WHL's second-best record and reached the second round of the playoffs. In nine playoff games Weller scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -5 with 10 PMs.

2011-12: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Phoenix in June 2011, Weller returned to Red Deer for an overage season with the Rebels. The top defensive defenseman for Red Deer, Weller suffered a season-ending wrist injury in January. In 39 games he was plus-17 with 43 penalty minutes and scored 3 goals with 8 assists. Weller's injury was one of several injuries to key players for the hard-luck Rebels; who missed the WHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the Central Division.

2012-13: Weller skated for the Coyotes' ECHL affiliate in Gwinnett in his first pro season. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists in 65 regular season games and was +7 with 43 penalty minutes. Gwinnett was first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Weller scored 1 goal with 1 assists and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He had the game-winning goal in the Gladiators' 3-1 win over South Carolina in Game 3 of their first round series.

 

Talent Analysis

Weller is a defensive defenseman who brings a physical element as well as playing a smart and efficient game in his own zone. He is a mobile skater with improving offensive skills and strong leadership qualities.

 

Future

Weller played the majority of his time with Gwinnett in 2012-13, and will be in the hunt for an AHL position come time for 2013-14. He did his job well for Gwinnett in his role and could potentially be in the AHL given the limited amount of defensive defenseman in the Phoenix system.

 

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