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Canucks Player Autopsy: Yannick Weber

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Who's this guy? Yannick Weber

Position: D

Shoots: Right

Height: 5’11"

Weight: 199 lbs.

Born: September 23, 1988 in Morges, Switzerland

Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the 73rd pick of the 2007 draft;  Weber was not tendered by the Habs at the end of his ELC which allowed him to sign with us as a UFA in 2013.

Stay with me on this one: Bro Code rule #8: "Love thy father and mother. A bro will never ever get with a bro’s biological mother or sister. Step sisters and mothers are fair game." Apparently they don’t teach these life lessons in Switzerland because Yannick is dating Carey Price’s sister, Kayla... Can't say I blame him!

What'd he do?

After playing in 49 games in 13-14, we expected more of the same out of Weber this year with what we thought was an established top 5 leaving Stanton, Corrado and Weber to fight it out for the number 6 & 7 spots.  In the early season it looked like things were going to plan, until an infestation of injury bugs swarmed the d-core and left us very thin.  Weber stepped up and played a key role alongside Dan Hamhuis on the ‘top’ pairing for many games this year.

So was he any good?

Setting a career high in points is always an indication that he was the best version of himself this season.  Weber led the team in goals by defensemen with 11… This is either an indication of his greatness or an indictment of the scoring prowess of the rearguards.  Let’s go with the former, because the world becomes a very dark place if we go down that rabbit hole!

What'd we like?

He has an absolute cannon of a shot from the point! 

Powerplay points!  Yannick’s 8 power play points was second best amongst defensemen on the team, trailing only Alex Elder this season.

Cool. So what did we hate?

He really wasn’t on the ice at even strength… Possibly because he’s primarily an offensive defenseman with a defensive acumen that leaves a lot to be desired; Possibly because he’s a tad small to be going toe to toe with the big bad forwards in the Western Conference; Possibly because he’s a number 6 dman who played 17 minutes per game out of necessity;

So what now?

Trader Jim has been quoted as saying that he wants to resign Weber… To date, there hasn’t been much that Lord Bennington has said that he wants to do that hasn’t been accomplished. I’d expect a new contract to be announced in the next couple of weeks!

Gmonk33’s rating: B- All things considered, he had a pretty good season for a 6th-7th defenceman!