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25 Under 25, No. 16: The curious case of Jordan Weal

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Jordan Weal can't seem to find a place on the Flyers; what's up with that?

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When Ron Hextall worked his magic earlier this year and sent Vincent Lecavalier and his albatross of a contract to the Los Angeles Kings, it seemed as though he may have made a real steal by getting Jordan Weal in return along with that draft pick.

But after spending nearly the entire season in the press box, where does Weal go from here?

No. 16: Jordan Weal

Position: C
Age: 24 (4/15/1992)
2015-16 League/Team/Statistics: Los Angeles / Philadelphia (NHL) -- 0 points in 14 GP
Nationality: Canadian (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Acquired Via: Traded from Los Angeles along with a third-round pick in 2016 for Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier in January 2016

So the short answer to the above question is, of course, to Allentown. After Weal filed for arbitration earlier this summer, he and the Flyers came to terms on a one-year, two-way contract extension would seem to be a clear indication that they intend for Weal to play a role in the Phantoms success going forward.

And it's not hard to see why. In his last season with the Manchester Monarchs Weal scoring a pretty nice number of points, 69 in 73 games. He had 22 points in in 19 playoff games, the Monarchs went on to win the Calder Cup and Weal was named MVP.

There's not a lot to be said about a guy who spent nearly all of last season in the press box, but if not for having the clear waivers he would've been with the Phantoms last year, probably lighting things up. It'll be much easier for the Flyers to clear him through at the start of this season, when the waiver wire is a mess of up-and-down moves as players are evaluated in camp and teams set their final rosters for opening day. We've said it a lot recently, but the Phantoms really are going to be a ton of fun to watch next season and you can expect Weal to be a large part of their success.

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How we voted for Jordan Weal :

Kelly Travis Charlie Allison Kurt Brent Collin Kevin Al Community
12 22 18 7 16 17 15 n/a 16 17

How we voted at No. 16 :

Kelly Travis Charlie Allison Kurt Brent Collin Kevin Al Community
Mark Friedman Radel Fazleev Cooper Marody Pascal Laberge Jordan Weal Nicolas Aube-Kubel Taylor Leier Oskar Lindblom Jordan Weal Pascal Laberge

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Previously in Philadelphia Flyers Top 25 Under 25, Summer 2016: