He's an awful fighter, but he wi.orks his ass off.
Nothing wrong with this, maybe he can finally make it to the 4th line.
Worst case, he will be the next Kypreos who was a punching bag along with 4th line skills. But I think he is both a better fighter and a better player than Kypreos, which is not saying much.
But like I said before, every young asset we have is one fewer veteran asset we have to acquire later. If we have Weise be Kypreos, Lindberg be MacTavish, Grachev be Matteau, Erixon be Lowe, etc, all these vets needed to be acquired for youth. If our prospects fill these roles, we don't have to surrender to trade for vets.
That said, I would be disappointed if Weise became no better than Kypreos.
Weise probably received the NHL minimum of $525,000 in exchange for a higher AHL salary usually $75,000. Two way contract. The Rangers have done that with their other similar group II's. Weise spent 25 days on the NHL roster. 186 day season. $70,564 summer cap hit.
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I t hink both Prust and Weise can play both wings.
I think for lesser skilled players who play an up-and-down game, position becomes less important than for a scorer.
Think about it: you can land a hit on the right and on the left, and you can make the first breakout pass no matter where you are, but when you have a split second to release a shot, you want to be very comfortable and used to the spot where you are, rather than stumbling to reverse your stick, and the same thing with sticklandling.
This obviously doesn't mean that position doesn't matter, but it just matters less and it's easier for role players to move from RW to LW than it is for scorers.