South Carolina Stingrays captain Shawn Weller has been called up to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Not a huge surprise because Shawn’s has played most of his career in the AHL. You knew eventually, he’d get the call.
Now how long he stays will be interesting. He’s a veteran and as a results spots are limited for guys like him in the AHL. He plays well, you won’t see him again. If the NHL lockout comes to an end, the chances of Weller staying up are better obviously, but again his veteran status would be an issue for any team. If the lockout ends, you can bet that guys like Tommy Cross and Alden Hirschfeld will remain in Providence for the rest of the season. (Although, I doubt we’d see Cross again even if the lockout remained in place).
Weller, 26, skated in 24 games with the Stingrays this season scoring seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. The Glens Falls, New York, native appeared in 41 games with the IceCaps last season adding 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists). Weller dressed in 291 games in the American Hockey League over the past six seasons with the Binghamton Senators, Abbotsford Heat, Manitoba Moose, IceCaps and Texas Stars totaling 44 goals and 43 assists for 87 points. Prior to turning pro, the third-round selection (77th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft attended Clarkson University for three seasons and won and ECAC championship in 2006-07.
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