Shawn Weller, a native of Glens Falls, NY, was Ottawa’s 3rd round pick (77th overall) in 2004. A product of Clarkson University, Weller has already played a handful of games in the AHL. He also represented USA at the 2005 World Junior Championships.
2002-03: Playing for the Capital District Selects in the relatively unknown Eastern Junior Hockey League, Weller showed potential offensive instinct as he produced 6 goals and 12 points in 35 games. He also amassed 109 penalty minutes.
Weller played the 2003-04 season with the Capital District Selects of the relatively unknown Eastern Junior Hockey League, a league which serves as a feeder system to NCAA hockey. Weller was a huge part of the Selects team, leading the team in assists, points, power play goals, short handed goals, and penalty minutes, while coming second in goals and shots.
2003-04: In his sophomore year with Capital, Weller’s role increased and his offensive ability was realized. He tripled his previous year totals, finishing with 17 goals, 22 assists and 39 points along with 117 penalty minutes. Weller was a huge part of the Selects team, leading in assists, points, power play goals, short handed goals, and penalty minutes, while coming second in goals and shots. In the playoffs, Weller was a force averaging two points per game (3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points in 3 games). The EJHL often serves as a feeder system for NCAA hockey and Weller would indeed follow that path as he committed to Clarkson.
2004-05: Weller’s collegiate debut was delayed due to academic eligibility issues. After everything was settled, Weller made a memorable debut for Clarkson back on October 29, 2004 versus non-conference rival Niagara when he notched his first two collegiate goals, both on the power play. After the spectacular start to his rookie campaign, Weller’s offensive production dropped off significantly. Weller led the Golden Knights in penalty minutes with 72 and finished with 3 goals and 11 assists along with a –9 rating in 33 games. The power forward was also a member of the 2005 USA U-20 WJC squad. While his offensive production wasn’t spectacular (0 points in 7 games), his overall performance was. His great work ethic coupled with his strong, physical play and relentless puck pursuit made him a difficult player for opposing players to defend against.
2005-06: Weller continued to develop steadily and his role increased allowing him to demonstrate more offensive prowess. He spent the full season at Clarkson and registered 14 goals and 10 assists along with 103 penalty minutes and a –7 rating in 37 games.
2006-07: The winger ended his collegiate career, one year early, this season after appearing in five games with Binghamton (no points). Prior to that, he was a Clarkson Golden Knight (ECAC), and this marked the best season since he’s been with the school. In 39 games with CU, he racked up 40 points (19g+21a), which led the squad; all of his numbers with the Golden Knights this season were career-highs, excluding his 62 penalty minutes, which was a low with the club. He also tallied a team-high nine power play goals and was nominated to the ECAC All-Tournament Team after tallying three goals and as many assists in five postseason contests.
2007-08: Weller spent most of the season with the Binghamton Senators (AHL), netting eight goals, including his first professional goal, and as many assists in 59 games. He also saw action with Ottawa’s ECHL affiliate, Elmira, where he tallied nine points (4g+5a) in 10 games.
2008-09: Then Glens Falls native spent his second full season with Binghamton (AHL) this season, netting four goals and nine points through 70 games. He also tallied another two points (1g+1a) in four games with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL). Expect to see him back with the Senators AHL squad next season.
Weller is a crash and bang type of winger whose physical style of play enabled him to get free of opposing defenders in the EJHL. He has filled out nicely since being drafted and now has NHL-caliber size to go along with a tenacious work ethic and raw skill. A strong skater with a great motor and excellent top gear, Weller moves extremely well north-south and possesses a strong stride. While not a dangling master, Weller does have adequate hands but more importantly, he is highly capable of protecting the puck. His play along the boards is one aspect of his game that made him so highly regarded by both the Senators and Clarkson University. Weller shows tremendous ability to drive to the net and blow by defenseman with quick acceleration. He also possesses excellent vision and can create scoring opportunities for his linemates. Above all else, Weller is a character player who can be a leader and will do anything for the team.
2009-10 will be a make-or-break year for Weller, the last of his rookie contract.