Yannick Weber
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Yannick Weber

Hometown:

Bern Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-09-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (73rd overall), 2007

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: This was a busy season for the Swiss D-man. He began the season with Bern U20 (Elite Jr. A), but only appeared in one game before heading to North America for his first season in the OHL. In 51 games with the Kitchener Rangers, he tallied 13 goals and 41 points and was nominated to the OHL All-Rookie second team. He again competed with the Switzerland U20 squad at the WJC, where he scored a goal and three helpers through six games.

2007-08: The defenseman netted 20 goals and 55 points for Kitchener (OHL) this season. He was nominated to the OHL All-Star second team and the Knights were crowned as the OHL Champs. He also suited up with the Swiss National U20 squad for the third straight year; in six WJC matches he netted two goals and six points total, earning himself the Most Points by Defenseman Award and tied with E. Kurbatov for Most Goals by Defenseman.

2008-09: Weber spent his first season as a pro hockey player with Hamilton (AHL). He showed off his offensive skills this season, netting 16 goals and 44 points in 68 games with the Bulldogs; he made it to the AHL All-Star Game for his efforts. He also saw his first bit of NHL ice-time this season, appearing in three games with Montreal (one assist) and coming back for three more in the Habs’ playoff run (1g+1a). He also appeared in three games for Switzerland at the WC, but failed to register any points.

2009-10: In 5 games with Montreal unable to register on the scoresheet. In his 65 games with Hamilton, Weber would tally 7 goals and 32 points.

2010-11: Weber appeared in 41 games for the Canadiens after being re-called from AHL Hamilton in November. He scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was an even plus/minus with 14 PMs. Weber averaged over 16 minutes of ice time but was a healthy scratch for much of the stretch run and was also used as a forward. Weber was used as a winger some in the playoffs and scored twice, once on the power play, and was +1 in the three games he played. Weber signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Canadiens in June 2011.

Talent Analysis

At 5'10, Weber's skill-set is that an offensive defenseman. He is armed with a terrific shot and excellent hockey sense. There are areas for Weber's game to grow, foremost among them is physical strength, which will have to come over time. Especially at the NHL level, Weber he has room to improve defensively, but has held his own thus far.

Future

It is debatable whether or not there was much more for Weber to learn at the AHL level. At this stage in his development, he may be better suited to remain in the NHL, and will more than likely do just that.