Weal could make Flyers debut tonight…unless he doesn’t (Update: He will)


According to Philadelphia head coach Dave Hakstol, there’s a “reasonable chance” that forward Jordan Weal will make his Flyers debut tonight at home versus Boston.

But no guarantee.

Acquired in the trade that sent Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to Los Angeles, Weal has been a healthy scratch in his first seven games with his new club.

Hakstol told reporters that the decision on Weal wouldn’t be made until warm-ups. If Weal does play, it’s likely that veteran forward R.J. Umberger will not.

Umberger has no goals and six assists in 30 games. The way the Flyers have struggled to score all season, it’s no surprise that many fans are clamoring to see what Weal, a point-a-game player the past two seasons in the AHL, can do.

Likewise, Weal is pretty eager to end his stay in the press box. The 23-year-old hasn’t skated in an NHL game since Dec. 28.

“It’s tough,” he told CSN Philly. “And there was a week there in L.A. where I wasn’t playing, either. … It’s going to be good to get back out there if I can.”

Update: Weal is in. Sam Gagner’s out.