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He received an ankle injury in game 4 of the OHL finals. I am not sure if it was an ankle sprain or not however he is listed as day to day. He might be close to returning because he was a possibility for game 1 of the Memorial Cup on Friday.

Thanks. I was just looking at the game summary for today, and he played. That's good news.

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I'm very curious to see how Weber fares in Hamilton this coming season. It's very nice to have an offensive-minded prospect in our system, even if he's probably still at least 2-3 years away from being an every-game player for the Habs.

Isn't he fairly tough, too? I feel like he would the perfect Streit/Bouillon replacement in 2 or 3 seasons from now. Another guy who can put up some points, but play tough, that we have in our organization!

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Isn't he fairly tough, too? I feel like he would the perfect Streit/Bouillon replacement in 2 or 3 seasons from now. Another guy who can put up some points, but play tough, that we have in our organization!

You'll have to ask 1970 Habs as he seems to be the Prospect Guru around here. :)

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baby sitter i like to call him, he knows everything.

i'd really like to know about his speed, if he's got atleast decent to above average speed, he'll be great.

Q&A with Yannick Weber

Written by: Adam Danter on 05/27/2008 icon_rss.gifdigg_skin = 'compact';

Weber, drafted in the third round in 2007 by the Canadiens, enjoyed a breakout season with the Kitchener Rangers this year. The Switzerland native scored 20 goals and 35 helpers in 59 games. A quarterback on the power play, Weber uses his booming shot from the point to set up rebounds. The 19-year-old blue liner's skating skills are fantastic and he sees the game well with his excellent vision.

While his defensive zone coverage was a weakness, the 5’11, 194-pounder has worked very hard to improve this part of the game. The coaching staff has put in extra hours to empower him to bring his defensive style to the level they know he is capable of. When his defense catches up to his offense, he will be really one to watch.

Kitchener head coach Peter DeBoer has publicly said that Weber is the best defenseman in the OHL. If his defense keeps improving, there might not be too many arguments from anyone.

HF: How did you feel that your year went?

YW: It was really good. As a team we worked hard together to win the OHL Championship. Even though we were guaranteed to make the tournament as hosts, we wanted to make the tournament as the OHL champs and that is just what we did.

HF: What did you learn from this season?

YW: Last year I wasn’t a top defenseman on the team. I didn’t play as much as I did this year. I have been expected to log a lot more ice time and work with the power play unit. I learned not to put too much pressure on myself, just play my game, stay calm and be smart on the ice. I think I did a good job of that this year, I was really happy with how it turned out. I feel so much more confident.

HF: You played for the Swiss team at the World Junior Hockey Championships. How was that experience?

YW: Getting to play against the best players in the world was a real test for me. I was able to see how I could play among the best and I felt that it went really well. Our team didn’t fare so well, but we learned a lot.

HF: How does it feel to be property of the Montreal Canadiens?

YW: They are a team with a lot of history. They are a great organization and have treated me well. I am very happy to be on the team. I can’t wait to wear the jersey every game.

HF: How is playing in the Memorial Cup as opposed to the OHL playoffs?

YW: Even though we are still fighting to win the big trophy you have to do your best to win every night. Losing your first game already puts you in the hole, and it is tough to fight your way out. In the playoff format winning four out of seven somewhat allows you some room, but not in this. It is a killer if you lose and lose early. You can’t think of the past games whether you win or lose, you just have to focus on the game you are playing.

HF: Kitchener has finally seen the last of the Belleville Bulls for this season. How does the team feel now that your extended playoffs against them has finished?

YW: I am more than happy to not see them anymore. They gave us such a hard time all year long. They pushed us as hard as any team possibly could. Now it just comes down to us and Spokane.

HF: When you have time to take it easy what do you do?

YW: Well, my roommate and I will sit around on the couch and watch TV, take it easy and unwind from hockey, take care of your body. We just try to sit at home and avoid the busy places so that it is more relaxing.

HF: What plans do you have for the summer?

YW: I am going home and will plan a little vacation in Europe. Then once I am done that I will start training and get ready for the upcoming year, get the body into good shape.

HF: Who is your favorite hockey player?

YW: Chris Chelios. He was the first hockey card that I owned when he played with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is great, and being that he is over 45 years old and still plays hockey it just shows how good he is. It is like he still plays like a 25-year-old, and that is why I admire him.

HF: What is your favorite NHL team?

YW: It’s the Chicago Blackhawks. They were the first jersey that I had. I like the Montreal Canadiens obviously because they drafted me and are a great team, but I have always been a big-time Blackhawks fan.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/1036..._yannick_weber/

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I believe Weber is AHL eligible next season, so I'm sure he's going to be in Hamilton. :D

Yannick Weber

Position:DefencemanShoots: RightHeight:5' 11"Weight:194Born:23 Sep '88 (Age 19) Born in:Morges, SwitzerlandDrafted:Montréal's 3rd round choice, 73rd overall, in 2007

This is a copy of an e-mail I received from the AHL last year, hope it answers your question.

Tony -

Thanks for writing. As far as the AHL is concerned, a player must be 18

years old by September 15 of the season in question in order to be eligible

to play in the league.

There are other eligibility rules established by the National Hockey League

and the Canadian Hockey League. You would need to contact one of those

leagues for the details.

Thanks again for writing, and for your support of the AHL.

================

Jason Chaimovitch

Vice President of Communications,

American Hockey League

info@theahl.com

The other eligibility rules he is talking about is that Weber's team does have the option of bringing him back as one of two over aged jr's for the team. If they don't do that, then they have released their rights of him and he is then the Habs concern.

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Yannick Weber

Position:DefencemanShoots: RightHeight:5' 11"Weight:194Born:23 Sep '88 (Age 19) Born in:Morges, SwitzerlandDrafted:Montréal's 3rd round choice, 73rd overall, in 2007

This is a copy of an e-mail I received from the AHL last year, hope it answers your question.

Tony -

Thanks for writing. As far as the AHL is concerned, a player must be 18

years old by September 15 of the season in question in order to be eligible

to play in the league.

There are other eligibility rules established by the National Hockey League

and the Canadian Hockey League. You would need to contact one of those

leagues for the details.

Thanks again for writing, and for your support of the AHL.

================

Jason Chaimovitch

Vice President of Communications,

American Hockey League

info@theahl.com

The other eligibility rules he is talking about is that Weber's team does have the option of bringing him back as one of two over aged jr's for the team. If they don't do that, then they have released their rights of him and he is then the Habs concern.

In my opinion 8 days is enough to bend the rules. Yannick can accomplish nothing more at the Junior level.

He was voted by the OHL coaches as the second best offensive defenceman (behind Drew Doughty) in the league this year and rated by them to have the 2nd hardest and best shot in the league. At the World Juniors he was the captain of the Swiss team and played phenomenal on a weak squad finishing the tournament tied for the lead in points for defencemen. His team won the OHL Championship and he played in the Memorial Cup final game (which they lost).

This guy really should move on to Hamilton. But then again I am not the guys running the League.

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In my opinion 8 days is enough to bend the rules. Yannick can accomplish nothing more at the Junior level.

He was voted by the OHL coaches as the second best offensive defenceman (behind Drew Doughty) in the league this year and rated by them to have the 2nd hardest and best shot in the league. At the World Juniors he was the captain of the Swiss team and played phenomenal on a weak squad finishing the tournament tied for the lead in points for defencemen. His team won the OHL Championship and he played in the Memorial Cup final game (which they lost).

This guy really should move on to Hamilton. But then again I am not the guys running the League.

Don't need to bend the rules he's over 18 already. The only thing that will keep him in the OHL is the Rangers and thats only if they want him as an over aged 20 year old. So the question is do the Habs want him in Hamilton next year, and tell the Rangers not to take him as on over aged player.

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Don't need to bend the rules he's over 18 already. The only thing that will keep him in the OHL is the Rangers and thats only if they want him as an over aged 20 year old. So the question is do the Habs want him in Hamilton next year, and tell the Rangers not to take him as on over aged player.

If he is old enough for the AHL, and Montreal wants him in the AHL, then I believe the Rangers would have no say in the matter. It would be interesting to know where he will end up.

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Yannick Weber in die NHL?

Yannick Weber, der Berner Verteidiger, der im kanadischen Junioren-Hockey letzte Saison fast einen Punkt pro Spiel produzierte (59 Partien, 55 Punkte!), könnte bereits nächste Saison zu ersten Einsätzen in der NHL kommen. Die Montreal Canadiens haben ihm einen Zweiwegvertrag mit dem Minimalsalär offeriert, den Weber (noch) nicht akzeptiert hat. Doch ist davon auszugehen, dass sich Weber mit Montreal einig wird, zumal er sehr gute Perspektiven hat: Die Organisation der Canadiens ist nicht mit zu vielen guten Verteidigern gesegnet und Weber dürfte auf Anhieb im Farmteam in Hamilton einer der wichtigsten Abwehrspieler sein - und damit hätte er gute Chancen, hin und wieder als siebter oder achter Verteidiger nach Montreal geholt zu werden. Mit etwas Glück könnte er sogar seine ersten NHL-Partien bestreiten.

It says that the Habs have offered him a two-way contract.

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Yannick Weber, the Berne defenders in the Canadian junior hockey last season almost a point per game produced (59 games, 55 points), could be as early as next season to the first operations in the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens have earned him a Zweiwegvertrag with the Minimalsalär offers, Weber (yet) has not accepted. However, it is assumed that Weber agreed with Montreal, as he has very good prospects: the organisation of the Canadiens is not too many good defenders blessed and Weber should immediately call the farm team in Hamilton one of the most important defensive players - and this was it is a good chance now and again as the seventh or eighth defenders brought to Montreal. With a little luck he might even his first NHL games contest.

I used google translate ... It was in German

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Yannick Weber, the Berne defenders in the Canadian junior hockey last season almost a point per game produced (59 games, 55 points), could be as early as next season to the first operations in the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens have earned him a Zweiwegvertrag with the Minimalsalär offers, Weber (yet) has not accepted. However, it is assumed that Weber agreed with Montreal, as he has very good prospects: the organisation of the Canadiens is not too many good defenders blessed and Weber should immediately call the farm team in Hamilton one of the most important defensive players - and this was it is a good chance now and again as the seventh or eighth defenders brought to Montreal. With a little luck he might even his first NHL games contest.

I used google translate ... It was in German

this publication seems to be downplaying our defensive depth and playing up weber's chances of coming to the big show huh?

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this publication seems to be downplaying our defensive depth and playing up weber's chances of coming to the big show huh?

If I read the very bad translation correctly. I think the article is saying Montreal is not very deep with player's like Weber's offense. If Striet goes, that leaves Markov, only Carle in Hamilton might be ready to step in, very good chance for Weber indeed.

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If I read the very bad translation correctly. I think the article is saying Montreal is not very deep with player's like Weber's offense. If Striet goes, that leaves Markov, only Carle in Hamilton might be ready to step in, very good chance for Weber indeed.

oh, i guess they could be saying that, it's hard to tell though.

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