Will Weber
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Will Weber

Hometown:

Gaylord Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-10-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

2nd round (53rd overall), 2007

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Will Weber managed 38 points last season while playing the back end for Gaylord High School.

2007-08: Weber had an up and down season with the Chicago Steel.  He twice won the Defensive Player of the Week award in the first two months of the season, but struggled with his production and consistency as the season continued. Weber took a lot of bad penalties and didn’t contribute enough offensively to justify his lack of discipline.  Weber was in and out of Chicago’s lineup during the season, and did not play in the playoffs.

2008-09: In his freshman year at Miami University (Ohio), Weber appeared in 38 games and scored 3 goals, 2 assists with a team-leading 75 PIMs.

2009-10: Weber skated in 43 games as a sophomore, scoring 1 goal and 9 assists for 10 points along with 62 PIMs.

2010-11: Weber skated in 33 of 39 games for Miami University as a junior – missing time early in the year after a freak accident in which his neck was cut by an opposing player’s skate. Weber was one of the top defensive defensemen for the RedHawks and was named to the CCHA’s All-Tournament team as Miami, after finishing third in the regular season, captured the CCHA playoff championship. Weber finished +7 for the season and scored 1 goal with 10 assists and had 57 PMs. The RedHawks fell to New Hampshire, 3-1, in their first NCAA tournament game.

2011-12: Weber finished his senior season as captain of the Miami RedHawks. He is a defensive defenseman, so when he totaled only four assists on the 40-game season it was no surprise. He got his first taste of professional hockey during a two game stint with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

2012-13: Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Blue Jackets in April 2012, Weber played 58 games for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield in his first pro season. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was + 8, finishing second on the Falcons with 82 penalty minutes. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Weber skated in all eight playoff games and was -2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes. In eight ECHL games for the Evansville Icemen during the NHL lockout he had no points and was -5 with 14 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Weber skated for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield in his second pro season. In 63 games he scored 1 goal with 4 assists while finishing minus-7 and was tied with veteran Darryl Boyce for second on the Falcons with 100 penalty minutes. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division before falling to Providence in a five-game first-round playoff series. Weber had an even plus/minus with no points and 8 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was tendered a qualifying offer by Columbus in June and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets as a restricted free agent. 

Talent Analysis

Weber moves great for a big guy and causes damage when he throws around his body. The 53rd player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft, it was envisioned that he would develop into a shutdown, top pairing-type defender due to his skating ability and demeanor. Weber showed some playmaking ability during his college career but at the pro level he has focused on using his body to prevent scoring opportunities and intimidate opposing forwards.

Future

Weber attended training camp with the Blue Jackets before being assigned to Springfield to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, he was one of the top defensive defensemen for the Falcons before suffering a hip injury that required surgery in November. Springfield has been one of the top teams in the AHL to start the season and Weber is hoping to re-join the team sometime later this year. With several defensemen in the pipeline for Columbus he faces a tough road to play for the parent club and the injury is certainly a setback. Weber's defense-first approach could make him a valuable prospect for a team looking to add some hardness to its blueline corps.

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Photo: Defenseman Austin Madaisky is having a breakout season in 2014-15 and has 29 points through 36 AHL games. Madaisky was a former fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

 

An injury riddled start to the 2014-15 season forced the Columbus Blue Jackets to do a lot of shuffling between the AHL and NHL. That opened the doors for young players to get a taste of the NHL along with giving role players a chance to take on more ice time for the Springfield Falcons. The moves affected everyone from forwards to goaltenders.

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