The 5’9” 181lb Weaver has developed a reputation as a reliable stay-at-home style defenseman with an ability to move the puck.
Weaver, a right shot, has averaged 18:47 and 25 shifts per game for the Panthers this season. In two of his three games against the Canadiens this season he was on the ice for more than twenty minutes.
He’s a smart, mobile defensive style defenseman with the ability to move the puck cleanly out of the zone. He’s small, along the lines of Francis Bouillon, but not afraid to take a hit to make a play. He led the Panthers in blocked shots with 94 in 55 games and was third on the team with 101 hits. For most of this season he’s been paired with Dmitry Kulikov.
In some quarters, Weaver is considered one of the league’s underrated defencemen. A year ago, one of those advanced statistics gurus from Edmonton put together this analysis of his play.
With the Panthers he was earning 1.1 million dollars this season. The Canadiens will pay a prorated part of that. He will be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Marc Bergevin continues to move cautiously when it comes to the deadline trade market. In his 22 months as Canadiens general manager he has made only five moves that have directly impacted the team’s roster, the most notable of which was Erik Cole for Michael Ryder. Also last season he claimed Jeff Halpern off waivers and traded a 5th round pick to Los Angeles for defenceman Davis Drewiske. This season he’s added depth with the acquisition of forward Dale Weise for Raphael Diaz and now Weaver.