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Dale Weise May Be Ready, But Is There Room For Him?



Dale Weise scored the Rangers' only goal of the preseason opener


Dale Weise scored the Rangers' only goal of the preseason opener

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Dale Weise thinks he’s ready for a full-time job in the NHL and after seeing his performance in the first game of the preseason, it’s hard to argue. 

MSG Network’s Joe Micheletti reported that Weise packed on eight pounds over the course of the last year and it was noticeable in Weise’s play.  Perhaps that was the reason for his overflowing confidence following the game:

“I’m trying to show I’m ready to be here full-time,” Weise told Andrew Gross.  “In hockey terms, I’m relatively young at 23. In my mind, I’m ready to play here.”

Though he didn’t look out of place in a 10-game stint with the Blueshirts last season and scored 38 points in 47 games in the AHL, Weise looked like a much more imposing force tonight.

Granted, this was a preseason game, but Weise has the look and feel of an NHL player.  He showed that he’s not just a scrappy pugilist; he can bring more to the table.

“I think I showed I can do a little more than last year in spot duty,” Weise told Gross. “I’m not strictly a one-dimensional, fourth-line guy. I can play any situation. It’s something I like showing. That experience (last season) was huge. It’s one of the most underrated things. Now I know the guys and I know the system. There are no nerves anymore. I felt comfortable out there.”

Weise can play a physical game, but he’s also a decent skater and has a power forward-type of game, a quality the Rangers may be lacking.  They’ve got several players that go hard to the net, but few of the size and build of Weise.

Weise is competing for a job on the third or fourth lines, the problem is that it’s hard to see where there’s room for him.  Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan figure to center those lines and Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and Mike Rupp are assured of three of the wing spots.  The frontrunner for the fourth job has to be Mats Zuccarello, with Carl Hagelin and Sean Avery also in the mix.

Avery played a good game tonight, but Tortorella is no fan of him and he may be at a disadvantage.  But Hagelin has been impressive throughout the month and his speed and penalty killing ability are very much desired by Tortorella.

And even if Hagelin could use some AHL seasoning, it’s hard to see how Weise could beat out Zuccarello for the last spot.

The Norwegian had an up and down rookie season, but his playmaking ability and offensive touch may be a vital part to the club’s success.  Tortorella wants more consistency from Zuccarello in his second season, but after proving himself to a degree last year it will be hard for Weise to beat Zuccarello out.

Weise could make this battle even tighter with continued strong play in the next preseason games, but he’s more likely to be an early-season call-up from the CT Whale.

 

For more from training camp:

Training Camp Roster And 6 Battles To Watch >

Training Camp Opens With "The Test" >

Staal Injury Overshadows Encouraging First Scrimmage >

Scrimmage Lines Provide Strong Clues To John Tortorella's Thinking >

Staal's Condition Growing Worrisome: Is A Veteran Defenseman Acquistion Coming? >

Rangers Contact Paul Mara's Agent As Concern Over Staal Grows >

Preseason Game #1 Preview: This Team Isn't Messing Around >

September 21 Training Camp Quick Hits >

Rangers Fall 2-1 In Underwhelming Preseason Opener >

Dale Weise May Be Ready, But Is There Room For Him? >

 

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | September 22, 2011 at 11:25 am
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