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OTF: Jordan Weal recalled, new line combinations

Leading Phantoms scorer receives first recall to the Flyers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

UPDATED (2:35 p.m.): Jordan Weal took part in his first practice session today playing alongside Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek, who both add size. Now with the addition of Weal, speed and playmaking is something we could see plenty of from this new line combination tomorrow vs. San Jose.

"Hockey is hockey. You just have to go out there and play," added Weal who moved to the wing after playing center in Lehigh Valley. "I get to play with some great players so I gotta go out there and work with them and move the puck and create some offense," added Weal.

Unlike last season, Weal has seen a good amount of game action, rather than being an extra forward seeing limited ice time when he arrived midseason last year. That game action has helped his game grow and got him into more of a rhythm. 

His new line mates notice the difference as well. "He's a fast player. A smart, fast player that has a lot of skill, so obviously he can bring a lot to the lineup." said Voracek.

For more reaction and highlights of Weal, including head coach Dave Hakstol's thoughts at practice, watch below…

Video: Hear from new linemates Weal, Couturier and Voracek

THE CAPTAIN SPEAKS

Flyers captain Claude Giroux spoke to the media and took responsibility for the team's lack of offense as of late, adding that it's been frustrating because he wants to do everything he can to help the team. 

Giroux is second on the team in scoring with 41 points, over half of which have come on the power-play. His 22 points on the man-advantage ranks second among all NHL players and has been a a key reason for it's success over the season, but its more of an all-around game he knows he has to improve as well.

"The Bottom line is the team has to be better. Personally, I have to be better. I have to play up to my standards and right now, that's not the case."

You can watch his full interview below…

Video: Giroux explains the team's frustration following loss

WEAL RECALLED, KONECNY TO IR

The Philadelphia Flyers announced just prior to their practice today that they have recalled forward Jordan Weal from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 

In addition, the club has placed rookie forward Travis Konecny on Injured Reserve.

Weal will wear jersey #19 and be available for Saturday's 1 p.m. game against the San Jose Sharks.

Weal leads the Phantoms in assists (32) and overall scoring with 47 points in 43 games. His 47 points also rank second overall in the AHL, while his 32 assists are tied for second among all players. He is the reigning AHL Player of the Month for January where he posted five goals and 9 assists for 14 points in 11 games.

Weal was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and has helped lead the Phantoms to a record of 31-13-2 for 64 points, which is second in the entire American Hockey League standings.

During the Flyers training camp, Weal appeared in five preseason games, recording two goals and an assist for three points and a +2 rating before being loaned to Lehigh Valley.

Last season, Weal appeared in four games for the Flyers, going scoreless and recording a plus-1 rating. He was originally acquired by the Flyers on Jan. 6 of 2016 in exchange for Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers also received a 2016 third-round pick, which they used to select WHL forward, Carsen Twarynski.

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